Ron Turner Is Your New Bucs QB Coach

March 4th, 2012

That Dave Wannstedt pipeline to the Bucs continues.

The Bucs have filled the last major hole in their coaching staff, so says Alex Marvez of And it’s with a guy who the Bucs strongly considered (and thankfully, dismissed) for the offensive coordinator job, former Bears offensive coordinator and Illinois head coach Ron Turner.

The brother of San Diego coach Norv Turner, Ron Turner’s greatest claim to fame as an offensive strategist was developing the immortal Kurt Kittner.

Ron Turner held the same position last season in Indianapolis. The 58-year-old Turner spent the past two years with the Colts after serving as Chicago’s offensive coordinator from 2005 to 2009.

Freeman entered the 2011 season regarded as one of the league’s rising passers, but he regressed with 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions as the Buccaneers finished 4-12.

Joe isn’t blown away by this hire, unless of course Rex Grossman’s tenure as quarterback of the Bears is looked upon as a shining beacon of light.

But at this late stage with the Bucs and Greg Schiano having doors slammed in their faces at virtually every turn in order to find assistants, the hire could have been worse.

9 Responses to “Ron Turner Is Your New Bucs QB Coach”

  1. RodfromOKC Says:

    Good hire. I could see him here for multiple years, unlike our DC. But the majority of the hires this offseason have been great. On paper, this seems to be the most solid staff we’ve had for years.

  2. ClayBURN94 Says:

    We also Re-signed Zuttah to a contract extension. Now it’s time to cut Faine!!

  3. NJBucsFan Says:

    Second that Clay!!!

  4. 941Buc Says:

    Like the hire per the circumstances. Awesome news about Zuttah!

  5. Macabee Says:

    With this hire essentially completing the staff, I’m going to give the Bucs entire coaching staff one big “Welcome Aboard”, including Ron Turner. Like any team, there will be hits and misses along the way, but collectively, I think we’ve got a pretty good staff. Hank Williams, Jr. isn’t around now but “I’m ready for some football”. Go Bucs!

  6. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Zuttah is not replacing Faine at center this year. The won’t be replacing Faine at all this year.

    Zuttah was resigned for two reasons…his relationship with Schiano and his versatility at guard and center. If they get rid of Faine and make Zuttah the starting center, they lose that versatility.

    It’s not rocket science. Even if they draft a center, he won’t be ready in year one. And there is no point in getting a free agent one, because Faine is better than anyone available.

  7. Bucnnole Says:

    I would have liked them to stay young and exciting with the qb coach hire. Turner is terrible and has been known to cause friction among staffs. A name I was hoping to see would have been Ken Dorsey. He worked with Pro Bowl qb Cam Newton and learned under some of the best coaches around, not to mention his ties with UM. He will be a great coach soon.

  8. RustyRhino Says:

    Lets just hope Faine don’t get hurt game two of the preseason and is out for the rest of the season…. his record of not playing all 16 games makes me worry about keeping him. That and the $ he is going to take away from signing a center who 1 can pass/run block, and 2 get to the second level. We have had Faine as our center for several years now, how does he compare with the other centers in the NFC South? Is he as good or not quite as good as the other 3 starting/backup centers in the South? All for keeping Zuttah. now lets try and get Nicks from the Saints….

  9. Garv Says:

    I’m OK with the hire, we’re ready to roll.
    Of course the relationship between #5 and Turners matters most
    and being around that Manning fellow in Indy has to rub off.

    Zuttah signs….go get Nicks! Barth is a given too. As for Trueblood and
    Faine, keep them and let them compete and/or provide depth. NO problem
    with that from this fan’s POV.