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Dolphins fire Turner to piggyback on O'Neill firing

The Dolphins flew head trainer Kevin O'Neill to Indianapolis and fired him. They told offensive line coach Jim Turner to stay home ... but now he's been fired as well.

The club just announced both men have been "relieved of their duties effective immediately."

And with the announcement comes a statement from owner Stephen Ross and another from coach Joe Philbin.

From Ross, who made the decision on both men:

"The language and behavior as described in the Ted Wells report are against the core values of our organization. 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. However, this is an opportunity and a teaching moment not only for the coaches, staff and players in our locker room, but also for participants throughout sports.  I am in contact with Jonathan Martin and we plan to meet soon. Next week, I will provide further details of our partnership with the NYU School of Law and the NYU Center for Sports and Society regarding a broader effort to address conduct in sports. My commitment to our fans, coaches, players and staff is that we will be a stronger organization going forward."

So Ross plans to meet with Martin? Interesting.

Joe Philbin, who has been noticeably absent in discussing this matter as I wrote today, released his first statement relative to the Wells report:

"As the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins, it is my responsibility to create an atmosphere that allows each player the opportunity to reach his full potential. As Stephen Ross said, and I agree, the language and behavior outlined in Ted Wells’ report was disappointing and unacceptable. Since I first arrived in Miami, it has been my goal to have a team which honors our proud tradition and represents our fan base the right way both on and off the field.  It is not possible for a team to accomplish its goals when the fundamental values of respect are violated.  That ultimately rests on my shoulders and I will be accountable moving forward for making sure that we emphasize a team-first culture of respect towards one another."

Glad that Philbin holds himself accountable moving forward. As I stated Wednesday morning Philbin needs show how accountable he is and speak with the media Thursday before new GM Dennis Hickey does. It's the right thing to do.

[Update: The Dolphins just announced Philbin will speak to the press at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday. I am announcing my next open letter to the organization will have the following theme: Win more.]

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Finally!! The speculating stops!!

CAN WE PLEASE MOVE ON TO THE OFFSEASON!!

WHAT WAS GOING TO BE DONE, IS FINALLY DONE!!

How touching. :|

Disgusting organization.

PC owner.

CLUELESS coach.

Decades of losing to continue. I wonder how Ross ever made that much $?

Way to step up and take the heat, joe.
Now i wonder if you might be willing to answer a few questions....?

I'd like to propose a $1000 charity dinner with proceeds going to the players and trainer that were victims to such despicable abuse.

i really hope the NFL suspends philbin.

Looks like Philbin read your letter, Armando. I agree with Dashi. Let's move on.

This organization is such a joke. They make it excruciatingly painful to be a Dolphins fan. It is disgusting how far this once proud franchise has fallen. I wish I could be optimistic and say I see the light at the end of the tunnel but I don't see things getting better any time soon.

"I will be accountable moving forward for making sure that we emphasize a team-first culture of respect towards one another."

In other words, you ditch being accountable moving backwards

It's sad how far this organization has fallen.

Fire Philbin. He comes across as a straight laced Christian but he is a pure hypocrite. I'm so sure he didn't know what was going on!!!

"I will be accountable moving forward"...

I see, Kevin O'Neill and Jim Turner where accountable for their past actions (rightfully so), but Joe Philbin is only accountable for FUTURE actions.

Nice!

It isn't the first time you try and take one of the names I have posted under.

Just know that I don't feel the same way as you do. We don't play for the same team. We don't even play the same sport.

Philbin is a skank!

It is too bad Coach Philbin doesn't take more responsibility for what took place in his locker room this past season and before. H e appears to have been clueless from the start.I for one have no faith or confidence in the man but I hope I'm proved wrong.

58 sacks dood should have been fired for that alone.

eH?

IT'S THE QB STUPID eH?
LOOK HOW MANY JOBS THE PASTY FACED P.O.S. TPUKE HAS GOTTEN AXED eH?
it's the qb morons Eh ? and HICKEY BETTER KNOW THIS FIRST AND FOREMOST Eh? or he is next eH?

"Ultimately" in the sense of " not really."

dont stop here, keep cleaning house get rid of that idiot philbin

"I for one have no faith or confidence in the man but I hope I'm proved wrong."

I was a Philbin supporter before the two-game debacle at the end of the season. Outcoached, pure and simple, with the playoffs on the line. Hope I'm wrong.

It isn't the first time you try and take one of the names I have posted under.


Posted by: Dashi | February 19, 2014 at 09:29 PM


Wait a minute!

Don't you ALWAYS tell us dashe only posts under dashe?

So let me get this straight...Philbin didn't even have the guts to fire Turner face to face and only could muster up the nerve to fire O'Neill with his paramour Aponte by his side, who probably rehearsed with him before hand what to say?

Yup, seems about right.

Can we be done now and move onto the combine?


This organization is such a joke. They make it excruciatingly painful to be a Dolphins fan. It is disgusting how far this once proud franchise has fallen.

Posted by: PAPhinsFan | February 19, 2014 at 09:27 PM

Yep! I love this team the Dolphins are a part of my up-bringing and Ross along with his cronies are making an absolute mockery of the Org. The worst part is I really feel like there is talent on the team but it has no direction and is improperly schemed to succeed. This falls on an out of his element Owner, inept F.O. and unqualified H.C. All correctable except for Ownership!

I hope Philbin does NOT hold a press conference just so Armando continues to have hissy fits.

I think you should all cheer up. Dashi predicted playoffs this coming season and he is 95% right. We should be celebrating, no?

philbin talking to media tomorrow

Andrew Abramson ‏@AbramsonPBP
Dolphins announce Philbin will address media in Indy tomorrow at 9:45am


Can we be done now and move onto the combine?

Posted by: Texas_Dolfan | February 19, 2014 at 09:46 PM

A-M-E-N!!

Is Dion Jordon a bust or what?

Not even close

I understand some people on this site wanting J. Philbin fired, but enough already. No team this close to free agency or any other function related to next season is going to let the Dolphins interview any one on their staff. J. Philbin is the coach for next season like it or not. So let it go and move on! Realize that if D. Hickey does his job well enough and the Dolphins win say ten games next year J. Philbin will be here for at two more years.

Armando should STFU. Just because a near billion dollar company doesn't do things on HIS schedule he throws a sh*t fit. This is now the 4th and 5th time he's gone bonkers only to have the team do what he was freaking out about within 24 hours anyway.

Mando - I thought you were smarter than this. There are possible legal issues in play here and I'm sure Philbin was told not to speak just yet. How hard is that to understand? I'm sure he's ready to go against legal advice so he can answer a couple of your softball questions.

Abramson,

Philbin is speaking tomorrow in Indy? When did this happen?

Also, wothin a week he'll probably start b*tching about *how* they did what he said they should do. Cannot please some members of the peanut gallery. Ever.

Philbin just ends up being one of many guys who just arent head coach material…..will end up back as a coordinator or position coach…..disappointing

I'm sure Mando will be happy with all of Philbins answers.

As a life long Cubs fan I can tell you all, whats happened to this team over the last twenty years aint crap! I could do another thirty years of this standing on my head! So ncheer up its not as bad as you think.

philbin and hickey speak to media tom

Philbin will be fired on Friday.

A couple guys acted like fools in the locker room and Mando acts like Philbin is Hitler.

Fatty,

Mando has been stirring up anti-Dolphin sentiment for over a decade. I only come here to get news, not his "insight". He's a tool.

How can anyone be a fan of this dysfunctional franchise?

How can anyone be a fan of this dysfunctional franchise?
Posted by: Nat Moore | February 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Says the guy ppsting on the blog for Dolphins fans.

Nothing less than a total housecleaning is needed before this can be turned around.

BOYCOTT THE FINS UNTIL ROSS SELLS THE TEAM!

Philbin definitely should be fired.

But he won't because even Ross has enough functioning brain cells left to realize if he did he'd be lucky to get a high school coach to replace him.

Then again, that's going to be the case when Philbin's inevitably fired before next season is over anyway, so...

BTW Armando is quickly becoming the lone voice of sanity in the hot mess that this team has become. It's just that most people today are such sheep they'd rather be told by others what idiots they are for not being positive all the time.

How is Turner fired and Philbin still has a job??

its easy Nat….we like them, we're loyal, so we're fans…..is that complicated for you?

its not about being positive or not Dolfan--its about blowing things out of proportion……making bigger deals out of things that few others care that much about, or feel are significant--rushing to judgement, crushing guys, hyperventilating before the facts are known….nothing to do with having to be positive--how about just not being so dramatic?

From Ross

I will provide further details of our partnership with the NYU School of Law and the NYU Center for Sports and Society regarding a broader effort to address conduct in sports. My commitment to our fans, coaches, players and staff is that we will be a stronger organization going forward."

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

??????????????

Am I the only one who found this laughable????

Ross will now look to educate the Professional Sports World on proper edicate. Even his apparent serious attempts fly in the face of reason! He should have been looking to stregthen his Front Office empowering a structure to oversee all of the Football Ops not looking to sell me on his Kumbaya attempts at assuring that there will now in the future be a Human Resources Dept. with Psychologist on hand to secure and shelter the Jon "Honey Suckle" Martin's of the World.

Not that there is anything wrong with it if he wishes it but he could have hired himself a PR Firm to handle that while he tended to the utter deterioration of an erroding Org. full of In-Fighting caused by him as well because he has never defined Roles on the team leading to alot of Chiefs with no Indians. It's so obvious to even the novice from afar that at this point I'm just wondering if Ross isn't just hell-bent on proving to us all that he and only he know what to do at whatever cost and to whatever extreme.

um, yeah fin…..I think you were the only one

Ross couldn't manage a foozball table.

How can anyone be a fan of this dysfunctional franchise?

Posted by: Nat Moore | February 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Its like banging your head against thev wall. You have to be a sadist masochist to be a Fin fan lol

How can anyone be a fan of this dysfunctional franchise?

Posted by: Nat Moore | February 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Its like banging your head against thev wall. You have to be a sadist masochist to be a Fin fan lol

Posted by: Monte | February 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Scapegoats.... hate scapegoats...

Steven Ross, worst Dolphin owner ever?

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