Washington Command has fired offensive coordinator Scott Turner, NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero said Tuesday afternoon.
The team has since announced the news.
Turner was the offensive coordinator for the last three seasons in Washington and served as head coach for four years under head coach Ron Rivera, including one year with the Carolina Panthers in 2019.
“Today I met with coach Turner and informed him that we will be moving in a different direction, taking the position of offensive coordinator,” Rivera said in a statement released through the team. “Unfortunately, we did not live up to the expectations and standards that I expected from our offensive unit. I felt it was best for a fresh start as coordinator before the start of next year. I have a lot of respect for Scott. and thanked him for three years of service in our organization. I wish Scott and his family all the best for the future.”
Turner, 40, led Washington’s offense, which was 24th in the NFL in points scored last season, an unfortunate average over his three-year stay in the capital. Washington ranked 25th in scoring in 2020, 23rd in 2021 and the aforementioned 24th in 2022.
Although Turner is losing after an 8-8-1 season, which is Rivera’s best record in three years, he was constantly hampered by the quarterback’s uncertain room throughout his tenure.
In 2020, the Commanders started with Alex Smith, the late Duane Haskins, Kyle Allen, and then Taylor Heinicke to start the team’s playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After Ryan Fitzpatrick was limited to just one game in 2021 with an injury, Heinicke was returned to the starting role for most of the season.
And last year, Carson Wentz was unlikely to be the answer to the team’s QB problems, as he and Heinicke split starts for the season as a whole until the regular season finale, in which rookie Sam Howell had arguably the best start of the campaign.
At the end of the season, Washington was 12th in the league in speed, but a lack of consistency hindered overall offense. There have been talents like Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson at wide receiver, but they’ve all had fickle seasons, and the same can be said for running backs Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson.
Washington’s troubles weren’t limited to the OC or the offense for that matter, but after a tough season, changes are made and Rivera and the commanders walk away from Turner.