Miami Dolphins: Jim Turner



The fallout from the bullying scandal is officially underway in Miami. The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and head trainer Kevin O'Neill on Wednesday evening after both were recently cited in the Ted Wells report.

O'Neill witnessed Dolphins players Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey harass an assistant trainer but failed to report it. Turner failed as an overseer of the offensive line and, at times, was a willing participant. According to the report, Turner bought former Dolphin Andrew McDonald a male blowup doll as a joke about his sexuality, even though McDonald wasn't gay.

The Dolphins absolutely made the correct call to fire O'Neill and Turner. This was a good first step for Miami, which must immediately change its sordid locker-room culture.

O'Neill failed to do the right thing by reporting the harassment of his understudy, which could have potentially stopped things before they became huge. Turner was negligent and irresponsible by letting three of his starting offensive linemen run wild. The Wells report explained Miami's offensive line as an "anything goes" group. That must be eradicated.

Turner and O'Neill deserved to be the fall guys due to their level of culpability. But as I wrote last week, Miami's bullying scandal overall was a systemic failure by the entire organization.

How did head coach Joe Philbin or former general manager Jeff Ireland not know anything that was going on in their locker room? Why didn't any players step up to put an end to this before it became a major problem and a national media firestorm? The Dolphins are not expected to fire anyone else in leadership positions. But those who remain in Miami certainly have nothing to be proud of following the Wells report.

Miami's bullying scandal will go down as one of the most embarrassing chapters in the franchise's history. By firing Turner and O'Neill the Dolphins proved they are making the necessary changes to begin the healing process.

Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

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The Miami Dolphins have a lot going on this offseason.

Here is a look at whose stock is rising and falling this week:

Falling

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1. Richie Incognito, guard: Incognito's already poor reputation took a bigger hit last week during the release of the Ted Wells report. Incognito harassed teammate Jonathan Martin and former teammate Andrew McDonald, according to the report. This will not make it easy for Incognito to find a job next season.

2. Jim Turner, offensive line coach: Outside of Incognito, Turner most likely will be the biggest fall guy in Miami’s bullying scandal. Turner was the supervisor responsible for the offensive line, which was described as an “anything goes” group. The Wells report also showed Turner, at times, was a willing participant in the banter, which doesn’t look good. I wouldn’t be surprised if Turner loses his job soon.

3. Mike Pouncey, center: The Dolphins will have an interesting decision with Pouncey. Incognito was the ringleader, but Pouncey took part in the harassment. He’s also under contract and is one of Miami’s top players. Will Pouncey get fined? Suspended? That remains to be seen. But it’s doubtful the Dolphins will offer Pouncey a contract extension, despite his quality play on the field.

Rising

1. Dennis Hickey, Dolphins GM: This has to be exciting times for Miami’s first-year general manager. He's running the show for the first time and will be a major part of Miami’s plans at the NFL combine. College scouting is Hickey’s strength. Therefore, this week’s events will be right up his alley. Miami also has plenty of cap room for Hickey to spend in free agency in March.

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2. Brent Grimes, cornerback: Grimes put in the work last season and made his second Pro Bowl. Now it’s time to cash in. Grimes will be an unrestricted free agent in March and is in line to get a sizable contract extension. The Dolphins also can use the franchise tag on Grimes, which will pay him top dollar for 2014. Grimes wants long-term security, but he will get paid handsomely next season either way.

3. John Benton, assistant offensive line coach: With Turner most likely on the way out, that may provide an opportunity for a quick promotion for Benton. He joined the team just last month. The Dolphins had an idea of Turner’s role in the bullying scandal and hiring Benton, who formerly worked with the Houston Texans, may have been a pre-emptive move. Benton will work with a group that struggled mightily in 2013 and could face wholesale changes.
The Miami Dolphins have experienced great change this offseason. The team hired a new general manager in Dennis Hickey, a new offensive coordinator in Bill Lazor and will have more than 20 unrestricted and restricted free agents in March.

But there could be more changes coming on Miami’s coaching staff. Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner’s future is now hanging in the balance following the release of the Ted Wells report on Friday.

Turner had a reputation in Miami as a no-nonsense coach. There were many suspicions that he could be a potential fall guy in the Dolphins’ high-profile bullying scandal involving offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. It turns out the Wells report cited Turner as not only a person who failed to put an end to Miami's poor football culture, but was at times a willing participant.

For starters, the Wells report indicated Turner was aware of some of the harassment involving his offensive linemen toward Martin and failed to do anything about it. He was a key part of Miami’s systemic failure that I wrote about Friday. But the worst evidence against Turner was his participation in an ongoing joke that former Dolphins offensive lineman Andrew McDonald was gay. Turner bought that player a male blow-up doll for Christmas, according to the Wells report.

That kind of poor leadership by Turner is an example of how his group of offensive linemen led the charge in Miami’s screwed up locker-room culture. The Wells report described Turner's group as having a "freewheeling, 'anything goes' atmosphere.” That must change immediately in Miami and most likely will cost Turner his job.

The Dolphins recently hired new assistant offensive line coach John Benton from the Houston Texans. There is a solid chance Benton will be Turner's replacement in Miami. The Dolphins are expected to make wholesale changes with the offensive line this offseason -- and that probably includes their position coach.

Quick takeaways from Ted Wells report

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Here are five quick takeaways from the much-anticipated Ted Wells report, which was released Friday after the NFL's three-month investigation into bullying and harassment claims made by Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin:

1. Multiple Dolphins were involved: The Wells report was not just about Richie Incognito, who became the face of this story when it first surfaced. The report also included many instances of harassment by John Jerry and Mike Pouncey. The report stated that Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey were "equal-opportunity harassers" of fellow offensive linemen, and that they made graphic comments about Martin's sister. Jerry and Pouncey also accused Martin of not being "black enough," according to the report.

Jerry will become an unrestricted free agent in March, and it appears more likely that he won't return. The Dolphins also have to look into Pouncey's involvement and determine if punishment is necessary. Pouncey is one of the best players on the team.

2. Jim Turner's future in jeopardy: I don't see how offensive line coach Jim Turner can keep his job with the Dolphins. Turner was supposed to be an overseer of this situation, but it turns out in some instances he was a participant. Turner used crass language toward Martin and even played a homophobic prank on another Dolphin, according to the report. The Dolphins recently hired assistant offensive line coach John Benton, formerly of the Texans. Perhaps this was in anticipation of the team eventually cutting ties with Turner.

3. Racial issues aplenty: I found it disturbing how racial insults almost seemed a normal part of Miami's locker room culture. The report detailed many uses of the N-word as well as the harassment of an assistant trainer who was born in Japan and was subjected to various insults that made him feel uncomfortable. This part of the Dolphins' culture is something that must be examined.

4. Martin twice contemplated suicide: The Wells report confirmed that Martin twice thought about taking his own life in 2013. Martin told investigators that he had no issues with depression during his four years playing football at Stanford. But Miami's football culture and persistent harassment deeply impacted him. Depression is a serious issue. Is Martin mentally ready to return to an NFL locker room? Does he need more time before he resumes his career?

5. Martin and Incognito were friends: The report confirmed what many suspected, that Martin and Incognito were friends. Incognito called Martin his "road dog" in interviews with investigators. Many Dolphins players told Wells the two were inseparable. Whether this was a twisted friendship is up for interpretation. At one point, Martin said he befriended Incognito in an attempt to stop the harassment.

No winners in Martin-Incognito saga

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MIAMI -- It’s been a week filled with back-and-forth banter between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. For starters, Martin did his first interview with NBC Sports since the bullying scandal took place. Then, Incognito’s camp went on a barrage to discredit Martin’s claims with statements and released text messages.

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Now that the NFL investigation is in the books, both sides are angling in the battle for public perception. The soon-to-be released Ted Wells report should tell all. But the blunt truth is there will be no winners in the Martin-Incognito saga when it’s all said and done.

At the very least, Incognito is a meathead football player. He’s an alpha-male who uses vulgar language, texts and messages to teammates to get his point across. That's his idea of “friendship.”

At the very least, Martin is socially awkward and proved he has trouble fitting in an NFL locker room. His willingness to communicate in equally crude ways, as Incognito proved, shows Martin is either weak-minded and gave into the culture or he’s downright hypocritical. Neither is good.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, allowed this twisted relationship to fester over a year and a half. Martin claims he told his position coach, presumably offensive line coach Jim Turner. But not enough was done from an organizational standpoint to stop the madness. Therefore, no one comes away clean from this high-profile bullying scandal.

It will be hard for both Incognito and Martin to find jobs next season -- albeit for different reasons. NFL coaches and general managers will be afraid to take in a player with Incognito's bad-boy reputation. Meanwhile, players in the locker room will have a hard time deciding if Martin is trustworthy and mentally tough enough. Opportunities are fleeting for both parties.

The decisions Martin and Incognito made for more than a year will put a major scar on both players' careers. Based on their actions this week, someone is trying to come out the winner. But winning is not an option for either party.

DAVIE, Fla. -- On the same day the Miami Dolphins introduced their new general manager, a major issue from their recent past was brought to light when offensive tackle Jonathan Martin did an interview with NBC regarding the 2013 bullying scandal.

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Martin, in an interview with Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, said he felt “trapped” by the locker-room atmosphere in Miami.

"I'm a grown man. I've been in locker rooms," Martin told NBC. "One incident doesn't bother me. It was the persistence.

"I felt trapped, like I didn't have a way to make it right. I thought it was best to remove myself from the situation."

The full interview will be released Wednesday. But here are some early thoughts on Martin’s comments and his status with the Dolphins:
  • Right or wrong, Martin’s comments won’t help him in Miami, and it could hurt his chances of latching on with another team. According to some Dolphins players I spoke to, their biggest complaint was that Martin walked out on the team. Players felt he could have handled it in a better way than exiting in the middle of the season and sparking a national controversy for the Dolphins. Martin reiterated that it was best to “remove myself from the situation.” Now other teams will have questions about Martin’s toughness and whether or not he will walk away in the future.
  • Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect either player to be back. It was an honest moment from Ross, despite the fact he tried to recant his statement soon after. Ross knows many of the details in the NFL report, which is expected to come out after the Super Bowl. The quickest way to begin moving on from the bullying scandal is not to have Martin and Incognito around the team in 2014.
  • With that in mind, Martin remains under contract for two more years. Miami either must trade or release their 2012 second-round pick. Martin’s value in the trade market is extremely low due to the bullying scandal and the fact everyone now knows Miami wants to part ways with him. It would be surprising if the Dolphins can get much -- or anything -- in return for Martin. That will be one of the early responsibilities of new Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey.
  • Overall, the sense I get from the Dolphins is they are confident they will come away from this scandal relatively unscathed. Miami head coach Joe Philbin received several strong endorsements from ownership and is safe. Offensive line coach Jim Turner remains on staff, although the Ted Wells report could impact his status. Miami already got rid of former general manager Jeff Ireland, although for different reasons. Ireland was responsible for drafting Martin in the second round in 2012 and signing Incognito in free agency in 2011.
MIAMI -- Although the hire of new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor gets the ESPN.com's Dolphins page seal of approval, the move doesn't come without questions.

Lazor, a former quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, will take over Miami's 27th-ranked offense in 2014. Here are several questions Lazor and the Dolphins must answer in the coming days and weeks:

1. Will Lazor bring in new assistants?

Thoughts: Contractually, head coach Joe Philbin is in charge of hiring and firing his staff. But rest assured Lazor brought up the possibility of bringing his own assistants to Miami before accepting the job. Lazor had some leverage entering his interview with the Dolphins. Part of that leverage may have included bringing in position coaches he's more familiar with, potentially from Philadelphia. Miami offensive line coach Jim Turner should be particularly worried after his unit struggled in 2013.

2. What is Lazor's ability to call plays?

Thoughts: Here is perhaps the biggest downside to Lazor's hire: He's never called plays in the NFL. To Lazor's credit, he did call plays at the University of Virginia. But calling plays against Bill Belichick next season will be a whole new ballgame. This is a big season coming up for Miami. Philbin is 15-17 in two years and could be fired if he misses the playoffs for three straight years. Lazor needs to be sharp right away calling plays for the offense to flourish.

3. How fast is Lazor's tempo?

Thoughts: No offense was faster and ran more plays last year than Philadelphia's. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly brought his demanding style of offense to the NFL and was successful enough to win the NFC East division. Lazor is a West Coast coach, but there will be some elements from Kelly's offense in Miami. One most likely will be an increase in tempo. The Dolphins should be a faster offense that better dictates the pace of the game under Lazor in 2014.

Will the Dolphins make more moves?

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The Miami Dolphins made their first firing of the offseason Monday when they let go of embattled offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. The move was expected after Miami’s offense was ranked 27th and averaged just 19.8 points per game.

But are the Dolphins finished for the offseason or just getting started?

All indications are head coach Joe Philbin is safe. He’s 15-17 in two seasons, which is not good enough. But Philbin will get an important third year to implement his program. Firing Sherman, a mentor and friend, was a strong sign that Philbin will return now that he’s willing to make changes to his coaching staff.

Is the rest of Philbin’s staff out of the woods? Position coaches such as offensive line coach Jim Turner still have to be nervous. Miami’s offensive line allowed a franchise-record 58 sacks last season. The Dolphins’ running game also was ranked 26th due to poor blocking up front.

Finally, there is Miami general manager Jeff Ireland. His future in Miami is harder to predict. Ireland has been a favorite of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross for a long time. Ross even signed Ireland to a contract extension quietly last offseason. But Ireland spent more than $200 million in contracts in 2013 and it resulted in an 8-8 record. If Ireland makes it through the next couple of weeks, that is a strong indication that he weathered the storm.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross visited the team's facility last week demanding answers. It's clear that Ross determined the offense needed an overhaul. We will find out soon whether Ross has additional moves planned?
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is in a holding pattern. After meeting with team owner Stephen Ross last Thursday, Philbin, general manager Jeff Ireland and their staffs await their fate as Ross continues to decide on his next move.

In the meantime, Philbin may be able to relate to the recent happenings in Tennessee. Former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak was fired last week after three years for refusing to get rid of members of his coaching staff, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Munchak stood on his principles, despite it costing the head coach his job.

Could Philbin be facing the same situation in Miami, even if on a lesser scale? All indications are that Philbin is safe after going 8-8 this season and 15-17 in his first two years. However, Ross wanted clear answers on his team’s fifth consecutive non-winning season when he visited the Dolphins’ facility on his personal helicopter. It’s expected that some changes will be made, particularly when it comes to assistants on Philbin's staff.

For example, what is Ross demands Philbin fires embattled offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and offensive line coach Jim Turner? Both assistants struggled mightily this past season, and Ross may demand an upgrade. But Philbin is close friends with Sherman, who is also a mentor, and kicking Sherman out the door would be very challenging for Philbin.

Philbin recently defended Sherman during his season-ending press conference.

“I have a lot of confidence in our staff, our offensive staff with Mike Sherman,” Philbin said. “He’s an excellent football coach, and that’s what I think.”

It’s clear Philbin does not want to fire Sherman. But at the same time, it’s also unlikely Philbin would take Munchak’s route and take the fall instead. Expect an interesting next few days and weeks in Miami as Ross tries to get to the root of what went wrong with the Dolphins.
The Miami Dolphins have a lot of tough decisions to make following their fifth consecutive non-winning season. Miami finished 8-8, missed the playoffs and had an epic collapse after losing to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets to end the season.

Miami owner Stephen Ross is going to let the sting of losing fade before making any quick decisions. But Ross is expected to make some changes. The only question is how many?

But ESPN.com’s Dolphins page open the floor to Miami fans to play the part of Stephen Ross. According to our SportsNation poll, Dolphins fans voted general manager Jeff Ireland deserves to be the first person to go with more than 40 percent of the votes.

Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was a close second behind Ireland. The Dolphins were 27th in total offense this year and 27th in scoring. Miami offensive line coach Jim Turner and head coach Joe Philbin were a distant third and fourth, respectively.
Happy New Year, Miami Dolphins fans!

The 2013 season is officially in the books, and Miami finished with an 8-8 record. The Dolphins were an average team last year. But here are five New Year’s resolutions for the team to welcome in 2014.

1. Figure out who goes and who stays

Analysis: This will be the talk of South Florida sports for the next couple of weeks. The Dolphins, and particularly owner Stephen Ross, have some tough decisions to make after this season’s epic collapse. Miami underachieved by missing the playoffs and did so in embarrassing fashion by getting blown out by two division opponents to end the season. It appears head coach Joe Philbin is safe, but assistants such as offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and offensive line coach Jim Turner should be worried. General manager Jeff Ireland also is on the hot seat.

2. Find an identity

Analysis: I’ve watched the Dolphins virtually everyday since last spring’s organized team activities. Month later, I still cannot tell you what was the Dolphins’ identity in 2013. They were not a defensive team. They were not an offensive team. They were not a great passing or running team. It was week to week. Miami’s coaching staff must figure out what the strengths are for the Dolphins and build from there. Having a clear identity could go a long way to winning more games.

3. Fix offensive line

Analysis: The Dolphins were 27th in rushing and set a new franchise record with 58 quarterback sacks allowed. Needless to say, Miami’s offensive line needs a major upgrade. Center Mike Pouncey made his first Pro Bowl this season. Buy there are questions at every other spot on the offensive line. Starting guard John Jerry and offensive tackles Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie are free agents. Suspended guard Richie Incognito also is a free agent and not expected to return. This is the perfect time for a complete makeover up front.

4. Re-sign Brent Grimes

Analysis: The Dolphins made a terrific move last offseason by signing Grimes from the Atlanta Falcons. Grimes became arguably Miami’s most consistent player and qualified for his second Pro Bowl. Grimes will be looking for long-term security and won’t come cheap. The Dolphins should pay up to secure one of their cornerback spots. Grimes will be Miami's biggest free-agent priority.

5. Improve Ryan Tannehill’s deep ball

Analysis: Two years in, it’s still difficult to say whether Tannehill is Miami’s long-term solution at quarterback. Tannehill set new career highs in yards (3,913) touchdowns (24) and passer rating (81.7), but still were some flaws in his game that could hold him back. One major flaw for Tannehill in 2013 was his inability to throw the deep ball. Tannehill missed speedy receiver Mike Wallace on many occasions in what could have been game-changing plays. Tannehill has a good arm and can make most of the throws. He needs to put more work into his deep ball in 2014, especially with Wallace in fold.

If the Dolphins accomplish these five New Year’s resolutions, the team will be well on their way to a better 2014. Thanks again, Miami fans, for the continued support of ESPN.com’s Dolphins page throughout last year. We look forward to an even bigger year covering the Dolphins in 2014.

Dolphins poll: Who deserves to go?

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The 2013 season is in the books for the Miami Dolphins (8-8), who missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Now, it’s time to look ahead to next year.

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If you had to pick one, which member of the Dolphins should not return?

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That brings us to our latest poll question: Who is most to blame for Miami’s mediocre season, and who should be let go?

It’s easy for Dolphin Nation to want to clean house. But ESPN.com’s Dolphins page is making it more challenging. We want Dolphins fans to pick only one culprit. We want to know the person who most deserves to be out in Miami.

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on one of Miami’s several candidates, such as general manager Jeff Ireland, head coach Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, etc.

You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below or message me via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.
Ryan Tannehill AP Photo/Alan DiazRyan Tannehill and the Dolphins ended the season with two straight losses and out of the playoffs.
MIAMI -- More than 70,000 fans at Sun Life Stadium expected a football celebration Sunday. The Miami Dolphins were a win away from their first playoff bid since 2008, and all that stood in their way were the inconsistent New York Jets.

Instead, the festive mood eventually changed to heartbreak for Dolphins fans. Miami lost a must-win game, 20-7, to New York to end the Dolphins’ playoff hopes. It was the second straight loss and hapless effort to end Miami's season with an 8-8 record.

“I look at this as a losing season,” disappointed Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said. “We did too much, we wake up too early [and] work too hard to be 8-8. We have too much talent to be 8-8.”

The Dolphins’ sudden collapse raises many questions about where they go from here and what changes need to be made in the offseason.

Do the Dolphins get rid of general manager in Jeff Ireland? He put this team together last offseason with more than $100 million in guaranteed contracts.

Is Joe Philbin the right head coach? Philbin is 15-17 in two seasons in Miami.

Do the Dolphins have the right assistants? Particularly offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who led Miami to only seven points in the final eight quarters of the season?

“It’s not my job. That’s the coach’s job,” Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick said of evaluating the team’s future. “I have to show up every day and work harder, and we all do.

"Something’s got to change where we got to get over this hump. Someway, somehow we have to make it work.”

Changes could -- and should -- be coming in Miami. The only question is how many?

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AP Photo/Lynne SladkyJoe Philbin, who is 15-17 in two seasons with Miami, is confident he can reverse the team's fortunes.
Someone will take the fall following the Dolphins’ fifth consecutive non-winning season. There certainly will be player changes in the offseason. The Dolphins can start by making upgrades to their offensive line, for example.

Sherman and Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner also cannot feel secure about their coaching futures. Miami’s offense underperformed all year, and Sherman’s play-calling and Turner’s position group are the primary reasons.

Philbin and Ireland will be tougher decisions that will go to the top with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Many Dolphins fans will want at least one gone, but Ross has gone against the popular decision before.

Expect Ross to look at the entire body of work and not just the final two games.

Miami’s 2013 season included many highs and lows. The two lowest points were this two-game losing streak to close out the year and the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal.

“It wasn’t dull, I can tell you that,” Miami Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake said of the season. “But 8-8, that’s average. I don’t look around this locker room and see average. I see above-average talent. I see exceptional talent.”

The most puzzling part of the Dolphins’ performances the past two weeks against the Jets and Buffalo Bills was the way they lost. Miami was embarrassed in back-to-back weeks against AFC East rivals and was outscored 39-7. The Dolphins looked flat, were ill-prepared and showed little intensity in both meetings.

The Jets and Bills had nothing to play for. But it appeared the roles were reversed in the final two games.

“I really can’t explain it. We played two bad games in a row,” Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes said. “That’s all you can say about it. ... It’s just disappointing. We had a chance to go to the playoffs and we messed up. We blew two games and we've got to live with that.”

The Dolphins didn't play well in any phase of the game. The offense scored one second-quarter touchdown, and the defense allowed 374 yards, which included 154 yards on the ground.

The Dolphins had a reputation for being a tough and resilient team. But that toughness faded in the past two weeks.

“You've got to take this feeling and let it really brand you here and leave a mark on you inside,” Odrick said. “It’s got to brand you hard enough to where you don’t let it happen again.”

Former Dolphins coach and Hall of Famer Don Shula offered a strong endorsement for Philbin before the game. Despite a roller-coaster season and a highly publicized bullying scandal, the Dolphins were in position to make their first playoff appearance since 2008. Philbin received much of the credit.

“I think that he’s the right man for the job,” Shula said.

Shula’s endorsement should carry weight with Ross when he meets with his inner circle to determine the future direction of the Dolphins. However, Philbin wasn’t in the mood to discuss the big picture Sunday evening.

“There will be a time and a place to assess the entire season, at the appropriate time,” Philbin said.

The time to assess the Dolphins begins Monday. Miami’s 2013 season is in the books, and it showed there are some pieces in place, but clearly not enough to be a playoff team.
Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner is on the hot seat for various reasons.

For starters, his offensive line has significantly underperformed on the football field. The Dolphins have allowed the most quarterback sacks (37) in the NFL and the running game is ranked 25th. Miami garnered a franchise-low 2 rushing yards in last week's loss to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, mostly due to penetration allowed by Turner's struggling offensive line.

But the latest report from ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen provides more troubling signs for Turner. Schefter and Mortensen report Turner is a "person of interest" in the NFL's investigation of bullying and harassment accusations by right tackle Jonathan Martin. Sources said Turner would "insult, bully and pile it on" Martin. Expect the NFL to ask Turner plenty of questions about this when investigators visit the Dolphins' facility.

It's no secret to those around the Dolphins that Turner is tough on his players. He has a military background and is a yeller. That is on full display when practice is open to the media.

A coach screaming at his players is nothing new. But if Turner indeed crossed the line with Martin with bullying tactics, this could have major repercussions for Turner and possibly others on Miami's coaching staff.

Based on performance alone, Turner hasn't done a good job with Miami's offensive line this year. Turner's much-maligned group is easily the weakest area of the team. Add in the fact that Turner might be linked in the Richie Incognito-Martin saga, and it certainly puts Turner's future with the Dolphins in question.

Midseason Report: Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins (4-4) enter the midpoint of their season as a .500 team. There have been plenty of ups and downs in the first eight games.

Here is a look back at Miami’s first-half grades:

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