Bengals coach Zac Taylor defended the controversial hire of offensive line coach Jim Turner saying he has no problem giving Turner his first job in the NFL since 2014.
Turner was fired by the Dolphins in February 2014 after a report about bullying incidents within the organization. Turner was a prominent figure named in the report and has not worked in the NFL since.
Taylor vouched for the hiring, but did admit that he had anticipated some backlash for the decision. He said that Turner was No. 1 on the list of people he wanted to hire for the offensive line coach position.
“I know the man and I know he’s a great person, great human. And so, somebody I trust,” Taylor said Thursday. “We talked about culture and bringing the right people in this building and I would never do anything that would tarnish the reputation of the Brown family and the Bengals organization if I didn’t believe in the person and know the person inside and out. … And that’s why I’m excited to get Jim in here. Football coaching aside, I like the person and I know the person.”
Turner, 54, spent the last three seasons as the offensive line coach at Texas A&M. He was the OL coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012-13 and coached alongside Taylor on the Dolphins’ staff. Turner’s previous coaching stops were at the collegiate level.