Posted November 17, 2013

Report: NFL bullying probe to focus on Dolphins OL coach Jim Turner

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Jim Turner is in his first season as a Dolphins coach. (Getty Images)

Jim Turner is in his first season as a Dolphins coach. (Getty Images)

Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner will be a focus of the NFL’s investigation into Jonathan Martin’s bullying allegations, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.

Turner reportedly has a reputation for being a much beloved players coach who also is known for using loud, insulting and profane language with his offensive linemen.

Martin met with NFL special investigator Ted Wells for nearly seven hours on Friday in New York. His allegations reportedly have included harassment from since suspended guard Richie Incognito and other Dolphins offensive linemen and teammates.

Turner is in his first season with the Dolphins, having been hired in February. Turner was announced as the offensive line coach at Texas Tech in December of 2012 before Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman lured him to Miami. Turner was offensive line coach under Sherman during his term as head coach at Texas A&M.

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The NFL and the Dolphins are investigating the team’s culture in separate probes related to Martin’s allegations, and Turner’s methods reportedly will come under scrutiny:

The NFL is aware of Turner’s tactics, which are not unusual for coaches around the league, and wants to speak to him about the culture that existed around Miami’s offensive line, sources told ESPN.

Sources in and outside the Dolphins organization said Turner, who has a military background, would “insult, bully and pile it on” Martin, who left the team last week.

Pro Football Talk recalled Turner describing Martin as very quiet — and that’s a good thing — during 2012′s season of “Hard Knocks” on HBO.


9 comments
MarkPost
MarkPost

Note to SI: A coach cannot have made comments last season and be "in his first season as a Dolphins coach" as you claim under his picture.

sk01
sk01

It is possible that Incognito was simply a henchmen for Turner. Bullies who have refined their tactics rarely get their hands dirty. People use bullying when they don't know how to manage properly. Bullying gives the henchmen and admirers a common goal, attacking the target. The problem is that "teams" built by bullying are not real teams. People will go along with the bullying, but they don't like it. They are not invested in the group. Bullying distracts attention and effort from the real purpose of the group. Henchmen are so busy figuring out ways to hurt the target and bystanders are busy trying to avoid the unpleasantries that no one actually does their job. Building a collaborative team is hard work. There are no shortcuts (I.e. Bullying).

gmag39
gmag39

Ladies & gentlemen...we have our scapegoat!  

HEREWEGO
HEREWEGO

OH! Can't wait to see all the liberal press make the lockerroom be PC.!!!

eddie767
eddie767

Not to say his tactics are right,but if he was doing this with grown men(NFL)he had to have done it to kids(TAMU/college). With Sherman being his boss there and Fins,he knew and approved of bullying kids,ala Rutgers. So,now the Fins might need an OC and o line coach to start next season. When will these college coaches realize,tactics used in college get you fired in the pros.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

@MarkPost THANK YOU!!!  The first thing I thought at the beginning of this article was they should just look at the thousands of hours of video HBO has from July/August 2012 - that would give them a good idea who the guy was and that was Martin's rookie year.  Then I read on and he didn't join the Dolphins until early 2013 then I read on....  and that MORON at PFT is claiming he was in that video.


Was he a transient, just hanging around, vacationing?


The internet has killed journalism.

Mathonwy
Mathonwy

@HEREWEGO Not PC, just a workplace like any other. It's about time that someone open NFL locker room windows to clear out that phony macho stink that permeates most of them. Sorry, HGH-soaked dudes, but professional sports is NOT the military and you need to stop pretending so. If you really want to feel that "we're in the trenches together" feeling, put down the football, give up the million dollar paychecks and go enlist in the Marines. Otherwise, sit down and shut the F up.