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By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jan 7, 2005 5:12PM

2005_01_sports_bears_turner.jpgJust days after firing offensive coordinator Terry Shea, the Bears have offered the position to former Illinois head coach Ron Turner.

Turner served as the Bears offensive coordinator, from 1993 to 1996 under Dave Wannstedt, before leaving to take the Illini job. His tenure running Chicago's offense included some of the Bears 'best offensive years. The hope is that he'll be able to once again awaken the offense.

Turner, however, is still in talks with other team about their offensive coordinator openings -- in particular the Balitmore Ravens. But with his family currently settled in Champaign, it might be easier for him to remain in Illinois.

It's expected that he'll bring along some of his Illinois assistant coaches -- let's just hope they're more loyal than those recently hired by new Illini coach Ron Zook!