Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner will not join the rest of the coaching staff in Indianapolis for this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, per team sources. Albert Breer of the NFL Network originally reported this earlier today.
With the offensive line dramatically under-performing last season, many fans have called for the firing of Jim Turner. But it seems as if Turner’s tenure with the team might be in serious question after Ted Wells recently released his findings in his investigation of the treatment and actions of players and coaches. Although Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito highlighted the report, Turner’s name appeared on several occasions. According to the report, Turner allowed and often times participated in both physical and mental abuse of Dolphin players. Not only did he reportedly take part in these heinous acts, but he also lied to investigators and tried to convince Jonathan Martin to publicly defend Richie Incognito.
Since Turner will not be in attendance for this event, his two-year tenure with the Miami Dolphins could come to an end. With everything that has gone on both on and off the field, it is extremely difficult to envision a situation in which Turner will be back with Miami next season.
If Miami does indeed decide to move on from this humiliating period, they may look to replace him from in-house. Just a few weeks back the Dolphins brought in former Houston Texans offensive line coach John Benton to serve as the team’s assistant offensive line coach. Benton is an extremely experienced coach in this league. He had spent his earlier eight season in Houston, where they have featured one of the best offensive lines in the National Football League.