It was no surprise that Norv Turner gushed this week about the connection with his newest high-profile quarterback pupil, the dynamic Cam Newton.
“He’s into football,” the Panthers’ new offensive coordinator told USA TODAY Sports. “He understands the game so well. Because of his style, people may think he’s not a student. But he puts a lot of time into it. He’s been awesome to work with.”
When Turner, 66, bolted from Mike Zimmer’s staff with the Vikings in the middle of the season a couple of years ago, it seemed like his coaching career was finished. But he was lured back to the grind by one of his former assistants, Carolina coach Ron Rivera, with the enticing challenge of building an offense around one of the NFL’s most impressive, multi-dimensional talents.
Thus, another type of NFL matchup: Link a former MVP who led Carolina to Super Bowl 50 with a guru whose resume includes a Super Bowl title and a rich track record of developing quarterbacks.
“The main thing is to get him in a good rhythm,” Turner said. “There’s a big emphasis on quick decisions. Just get the ball out. That will take some…