Sunday, November 17, 2013
Jim Turner's future with Dolphins in doubt
By James Walker
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.