Thursday, February 15, 2007

Dolphins to interview Bobby Turner

The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Dolphins will interview Denver Broncos running backs coach Bobby Turner this weekend for the open offensive coordinator position.
" Turner, 57, has established himself as one of the NFL's top position coaches since joining the Broncos in 1995, with Denver featuring a 1,000-yard running back in all but one of the past 12 seasons."
Because Turner has no experience as a quarterbacks position coach, his candidacy for offensive coordinator seems to indicate that Cam Cameron is willing to split the quarterbacks coach and OC positions between two people, rather than combining them. It is possible that Terry Shea would be hired to be the quarterbacks coach.

The article also says that Clarence Shelmon could be a possibility for OC. Shelmon has been a running backs coach for 16 seasons in the NFL, spending the last five seasons with the Chargers. Shelmon was promoted to OC after Cameron's departure, but with the firing of Marty Schottenheimer, his future with the Chargers is uncertain.

The one similarity that I like between Turner and Shelmon is their extensive background working with running backs. The success of Miami's offense needs to be predicated on the running attack, and I think it would be a good idea to have an OC who knows the running-game very well. Cameron showed how much he liked the running game in San Diego, and having an OC under him who can expertly teach and implement it would be beneficial.

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