Bengals expected to hire Jim Turner as OL coach

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Zac Taylor is expected to add Jim Turner to his first coaching staff, Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Turner, in his second stint as Texas A&M’s offensive line coach, has a close relationship with Taylor, who is Mike Sherman’s son-in-law. Turner was the Aggies’ offensive line coach in 2008 when Taylor began his coaching career in College Station under Sherman.

Taylor and Turner also were together with the Dolphins and briefly at the University of Cincinnati.

Turner coached under Kevin Sumlin for two seasons at A&M and then Jimbo Fisher last season.

He was the offensive line coach at Miami during the bullying scandal involving offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Turner also served a three-week suspension at A&M for offensive powerpoint slides used during a football clinic for women.

Turner replaces Frank Pollack, who was fired after one year with the Bengals.

16 responses to “Bengals expected to hire Jim Turner as OL coach

  1. Terrible hire.

    The Cincinnati Bengals offensive line was ranked 28th in the nfl in 2016
    with jim turner as an assistant offensive line coach (before he left for Texas A&M).

    So… the guy who set the tone for richie incognito’s behavior
    in Miami (which set back the Miami Dolphins back 10 years) is the best hire?!?

    So… the guy who was suspended by Texas A&M for inappropriate behavior
    is the best hire?!?

    This is ANOTHER EXAMPLE of a typical Bengals owner mike brown hiring.

    ONCE AGAIN… the brown family hires a guy who has a bad history
    to a cheap contract to save money and hoping that his low character leadership
    doesn’t infect the locker room.

  2. Terrible terrible hire.
    As excited as I am about a new direction at head coach I am extremely disappointed at this move. The guy tolerates a garbage locker room. Do not want.

  3. Terrible terrible hire.
    As excited as I am about a new direction at head coach I am extremely disappointed at this move. The guy tolerates a garbage locker room. Do not want.
    It’s the Bengals. What did you expect?

  4. Turner was a solid college offensive-line coach prior to the bizarre events in Miami. But not so sure his coaching record of nearly a decade ago offsets the Dolphins debacle or the sexual stuff at A&M that read like something written by a guy in his second childhood. The Aggies 0-line was about mid-level in the SEC last year. Sounds as though Taylor’s just hiring an old crony. Not a good start.

  5. Bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Not a good hire on an entirely new staff – especially in a critical one that has to protect the QB and help make the offense go

  6. Letting Frank Pollack go stings. So dumb. Totally agree with the previous comments about crony hiring, but Mike Brown will like that this sort of guy will come cheap. Folks will be pining for the Marvin Lewis era once the 3-13 seasons start stacking up again.

  7. Until Turner is hired, I’m not believing he’s the next OL coach. Taylor’s opening press conference was about communication and culture – and I don’t think he was referring to a culture of hostility that seems to be Turner’s MO.

    I think Taylor is going to be very careful with his coaching hires, and as a new HC, no one really knows what he’s thinking. I think in a world of scoops and clicks, a “source” looked at line coaches that Taylor has worked with in the past, and drew a line to Turner in an effort to get the scoop. I’m on board with Taylor, but I’d rather not see him hire bad coaches because he’s worked with them in the past.

    I hope I’m right, because this move wouldn’t go over well.

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