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Dolphins fire offensive line coach

The Dolphins continue today’s firings with offensive line coach Jim Turner. Turner has been expected to go since the Martin/Incognito saga started. The Wells report talked about how he played a major role in the whole thing.

He spent the last two seasons in Miami, he was brought in with head coach Joe Philbin. Turner deserved to go not only for knowing about the locker room turmoil, but more importantly for Miami’s poor offensive line. Not a single member of the Dolphins offensive line improved from 2012 to 2013, some actually regressed.

At one point, the Dolphins were on pace to give get the record for most sacks in a season. Miami’s offensive line was viewed as a weakness but was never thought to be this bad.

Among the issues in the Wells Report, Turner participated in a joke that a member of the offensive line (player A) was gay, and “endorsed the humiliation” of the same player. He was also a part of the “Judas Laws” (don’t snitch) and was in on picking on linemen Nate Garner who “looked like he was going to cry 24/7”. He denied knowing any of this.

Turner had to go, the entire locker room, specifically the offensive line needs a culture change. ┬áIt will start with former Texans line coach John Benton who was hired as an assistant in the past few months. While in Houston, Matt Schaub was sacked an average of 22 times a season, that’s almost three times less than Tannehill was sacked in 2013.

It will be interesting if the Dolphins will make any more coaching changes within the weeks leading up to free agency and the draft.


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