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Dallas Cowboys: Why Norv Turner Would Be a Perfect Fit in Big D as OC

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers on the sidelines during a 24-21 win over the Oakland Raiders to end a 6-10 season at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Alex HallCorrespondent IIIJanuary 6, 2013

Norv Turner has not seen the success he'd like as a head coach but there's no question he's one of the NFL's best offensive coordinators. Coming back to the Dallas Cowboys where he had so much success in the past would be an ideal situation for Turner and the 'Boys.

With Dallas head coach Jason Garrett admitting he's open to making changes, bringing in his old offensive coordinator from his playing days would be a good one.

Turner was the mind behind the Cowboys offense centered around "the triplets" Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. While it helps to have elite talent like that to make your system work as a coach, today's Cowboys have talent almost of that same caliber.

With Dez Bryant playing the role of Irvin and Tony Romo of Aikman, the team of Turner and Garrett could create a dangerous passing attack.

DeMarco Murray isn't quite Smith-level on the ground. Despite that, he's certainly Ryan Mathews-level, who was Turner's feature back in San Diego for several years.

Say what you want about Turner as a head coach, his Chargers had just one season where they finished outside the NFL's top 11 offenses in terms of point differential. During his time in Dallas in the early 1990s, the team never ranked lower than 10th in that category.

One thing Turner does better than Garrett is find a way to balance an offense and not fall too in love with the passing game. Being a former NFL quarterback, this has been difficult for Garrett to do even with the emergence of Murray.

In 2010 and 2011 with Mathews as running back, Turner's Chargers posted the No. 1 and No. 6 rushing attack in the NFL. In 2009, the team finished 10th overall in the league in the same category.

During that same time span, Rivers never finished a regular season with less than 4,000 yards passing.

This is not an article claiming all went right for Turner in San Diego; if it did, he wouldn't have been fired. What the former head coach did well there, though, was put a balanced offense together. His strength is perfecting offenses; something Dallas could use.

On top of the gridiron side of things, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows and respects Turner for his work with his team back in the day. Garrett wouldn't be ecstatic about losing complete control of the offense, but he knows Turner has been successful in this league. Heck, Garrett was a part of that success in a small way.

Dallas' defense is on the rise and coordinator Rob Ryan showcased that several times this season no matter how many injuries the unit suffered.

Now, the Cowboys need to get that same kind of production from their high-profile offensive players. The best way to make that happen is to team up two great offensive minds in Turner and Garrett.

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