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Dolphins fire Jim Turner

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To no surprise (based on the content of the Ted Wells report), the Dolphins have fired offensive line coach Jim Turner.

To some surprise, the firing came five days after the release of the Wells report, which concluded that Turner:  (1) participated in the harassment of former Dolphins lineman Andrew McDonald; (2) lied to investigators on multiple occasions (without specifically calling him a liar); and (3) tried to cajole Jonathan Martin into exonerating Richie Incognito by pleading with Martin via text message to “DO THE RIGHT THING.”

“The language and behavior as described in the Ted Wells report are against the core values of our organization,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement announcing the termination of Turner and head trainer Kevin O’Neill.  “After receiving the report, I conducted my own internal review of the facts to determine the appropriate steps for our organization.  Jim Turner and Kevin O’Neill are good people who care a great deal about their profession and the players whom they serve, but both exhibited poor judgment at times which led me to this conclusion.  As owner, I know firsthand of the high-character and dedicated professionals in our building. I believe in our team and know the hard work and sacrifices they make every day on the field and in the community.”

Turner had been with the Dolphins two years.  O’Neill spent 18 years in his position as head trainer.

It’ll be interesting to see how the players react to this development, either on the record, off the record, or on Twitter after drinking a few legal beverages.

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52 Responses to “Dolphins fire Jim Turner”
  1. mitybuc says: Feb 19, 2014 9:19 PM

    They need Marino back in some capacity.

    Or some kindof link to the past.

    The present’s a mess.

  2. chawk12thman says: Feb 19, 2014 9:20 PM

    Now: what about the players involved? This is almost over…….

  3. doe22us says: Feb 19, 2014 9:22 PM

    Inevitable.

  4. Steeley McBeam says: Feb 19, 2014 9:26 PM

    Joe Philbins needs to get to a microphone… He’s got some explainin’ to do.

  5. moerawn says: Feb 19, 2014 9:26 PM

    Man talk about a purge. If I were Philbin, I’d turn off my phone.

  6. mwevans75 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:27 PM

    How is Philbin not implicated in all of this? Feels like these two are taking the fall for a bigger issue at play.

  7. jakec4 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:27 PM

    Turner can hit the gym now and work on those man boobs.

  8. ★ Steeler Nation is the greastest nation. History doesn't lie. As some of you youngsters say, "scoreboard!" The Steel Standard is the bar that we have set, the immense shadow that absorbs you all. Your fear, hatred, and jealous fuels us to #7. ★ says: Feb 19, 2014 9:28 PM

    It’s about time.

  9. xpensivewinos says: Feb 19, 2014 9:30 PM

    It’s a shame one of the “core values” of their organization isn’t hiring talented people who are good at their jobs.

  10. f1restarter says: Feb 19, 2014 9:30 PM

    Wow, looks like the Dolphins might be even more screwed up than the Vikings are.

    But at least they can boast a world championship title.

  11. supermanium says: Feb 19, 2014 9:31 PM

    Absolutely, this had to be done.
    Turner enabled misconduct.

  12. ramitbaby says: Feb 19, 2014 9:33 PM

    It’s amazing how one soft-bellied individual can cause so much internal strife.

  13. wannstache says: Feb 19, 2014 9:36 PM

    Once again, Ross is misinformed. There are no “high-character” people in his building. That includes his cowardly coach. who is hiding from the media.

  14. nfl4days says: Feb 19, 2014 9:37 PM

    Joe should be next on the chopping block if they really want to make a change and be taken seriously. No free agent is going to want to go the Miami Convicts right now.

  15. mrcogburn says: Feb 19, 2014 9:38 PM

    “They beat up on a weakling; that’s all they did. The rest is just smokefilled coffee-house crap. They tortured and tormented a weaker kid. They didn’t like him. So, they killed him. And why? Because he couldn’t run very fast.” . . . Or block worth a crap.

  16. rg3enoughsaid says: Feb 19, 2014 9:39 PM

    Scapegoat

  17. therealraider says: Feb 19, 2014 9:39 PM

    Its the right thing to do.. seriously, what kinda “coach” buys a sex doll in order to tease a player.

  18. hawksfan4life1001 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:42 PM

    This needed to happen, it was the only way to go forward considering the report.

  19. meatcarroll says: Feb 19, 2014 9:44 PM

    Jonathan Martin is the cancer that is killing the NFL.

  20. Youknowimright says: Feb 19, 2014 9:45 PM

    Maybe they can fire the ball boy while they’re at it. Talk about scapegoating to save face. Weak.

  21. annes22 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:45 PM

    If that’s what you have to do, do it.
    Kevin O’Neill has been there a long time, Jim Turner needed to go. What’s next please?

  22. rabbi187 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:50 PM

    Surprised it took Miami this long to fire this scumbag.

  23. seatownballers says: Feb 19, 2014 9:54 PM

    Fire sale

  24. zigsmart says: Feb 19, 2014 9:55 PM

    Can someone intelligently explain to me why Philbin is still employed? Is it to be expected that the “golly gee, I had no idea this was happening” defense works? There is a reason why the Dolphins have largely been irrelevant since Marino retired. This, ladies and gentlemen, is it.

  25. realnflmaster says: Feb 19, 2014 9:57 PM

    Philbin?

  26. drs76109 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:59 PM

    Double standard. The saints had a GM and coach suspended for a year, and miami only fires some coaches? HC should be accountable, and GM, too (I realize the GM is gone though).

  27. stoolerz says: Feb 19, 2014 10:00 PM

    Martin ain’t going back to the Dolphins

  28. mkos4513 says: Feb 19, 2014 10:03 PM

    Is this correct that Ross or the organization conducted their investigation AFTER the Wells report? This is far from being proactive. It really appears that the inmates were running the prison.

    I don’t know if I would categorize Turner & O’Neill as good people who exercised poor judgment. I would find it hard to believe that this is a one time incident.

  29. kevo95 says: Feb 19, 2014 10:11 PM

    Another one bites the dust

  30. officialgame says: Feb 19, 2014 10:11 PM

    Next stop, Lincoln Middle School gym teacher.

  31. phingasmic says: Feb 19, 2014 10:14 PM

    As a Phins fan, this is great news on multiple fronts. This needed to be done to put this whole thing behind us. On a positive note, Turner’s replacement seems to be more than capable of getting this line back to where it needs to be. Opening holes and protecting tanny.

  32. thadamntruth says: Feb 19, 2014 10:16 PM

    Last time I checked….the Captain usually goes down with the ship. I guess that’s unless your Head Coach Joe Philbin.

  33. skittlesareyum says: Feb 19, 2014 10:18 PM

    Buh-bye!

  34. artyshellz says: Feb 19, 2014 10:20 PM

    Good Riddance

  35. braincake63 says: Feb 19, 2014 10:32 PM

    Dolphins need to get rid of “Regis” Philbin and bring in Dan Quinn from Seattle.

  36. djscottyb says: Feb 19, 2014 10:35 PM

    Jim Turner, please remember that in case of emergency during your flight out of Indianapolis, that a blow up doll can double as a flotation device.

  37. possumsauce says: Feb 19, 2014 10:37 PM

    Well, now he’ll have plenty of time for other pursuits, like mastering fire and practicing his cave painting.

  38. dolphins512 says: Feb 19, 2014 10:45 PM

    He needed to go.

    It didn’t have to wait for this harassment issue, he should have been fired for the performance of the O-line in 2013

  39. epack13sb says: Feb 19, 2014 10:55 PM

    YOU DID THE RIGHT THING!

  40. micklegrande says: Feb 19, 2014 10:58 PM

    Stephen Ross is the worst owner in the NFL. He should have cleaned house within an hour after the report was released.

  41. cfballfan1 says: Feb 19, 2014 11:01 PM

    “Do my dirty work scapegoat…”

  42. geniusesq says: Feb 19, 2014 11:01 PM

    Philbin should be gone.

  43. nikeair497 says: Feb 19, 2014 11:43 PM

    how was McDonald harassed if he said himself he never was and Turner is his friend? Or is it up to you to decide how he feels about people? aha

  44. mauldawg says: Feb 20, 2014 12:01 AM

    Martin is a cry baby. He isn’t man enough to take care of himself. How many more real men will lose their jobs because of this coward.

  45. rajbais says: Feb 20, 2014 12:08 AM

    Time to bring back Mike Sherman and with him under a demotion. He served as Turner’s position in Houston before taking the job at Texas A&M.

  46. lightofkolob says: Feb 20, 2014 12:27 AM

    Why does Joe Philbin still have a job?

  47. slobberknocker says: Feb 20, 2014 12:31 AM

    ” Jim Turner and Kevin O’Neill are good people who care a great deal about their profession…”

    Cared enough about their profession to the point one refused to co-operate (O’Neil) and the other lied to investigators (Turner)

    Maybe they should have been “GREAT people” who cared a “GOOD deal” about their profession

  48. drgreenstreak says: Feb 20, 2014 12:58 AM

    Flo said: “It’ll be interesting to see how the players react to this development, either on the record, off the record, or on Twitter after drinking a few legal beverages.”

    … or smoking a fat spliff; something with medicinal benefit.

  49. basedrum777 says: Feb 20, 2014 1:54 AM

    Oh you mean the guy who did the absolute worst job in the NFL at his position was fired today? Who the F thought that was coming????

  50. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 20, 2014 2:22 AM

    I Told Ya.

    I told ya it was incognito’s fault.

    I told ya ireland was gonna get fired.

    I told ya turner was gonna get fired.

    I Told Ya.

  51. steelfan1 says: Feb 20, 2014 6:06 AM

    That is a good start for letting everyone know that such behavior will not be tolerated.

  52. 69finfan says: Feb 20, 2014 6:18 AM

    Bullies!

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