Should Bengals Fans Worry With the new Hire of OL Coach Jim Turner?

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Jim Turner is now officially the Bengals new OL coach. Should fans be worried about Turner’s lengthy history of troubles? I’ll take you on a quick dive as to why this hire should raise eyebrows and cause for concern.

Jim Turner was front and center of one of the NFL most infamous stories in recent years. Turner was a focal point of a bullying scandal during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins. It led to his firing in 2014. He has a reputation for using foul language and making crude jokes to undermine his players. Turner was in a court battler over the matter and ultimately had his name dismissed. During his time with the Texas A&M Aggies, Turner faced a two-week suspension for disgusting and inappropriate jokes towards women.

In a tweet from Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner Jr, it shows Zac Taylor is willing to stand strong on his decision to hire Turner. Taylor has a long history of coaching alongside him dating back to their days at Texas A&M. They eventually ended up together again with the Miami Dolphins. It’s safe to say Taylor knows him well and feels safe enough to put not only his but the organization’s reputation on the line.

Jim Turner has decades of high-quality coaching experience. However, with Tuner’s extensive list of some pretty egregious behavior, as a Bengals fan, I’m concerned. We’ve had our share of character issues in the building far too long. Much of the excitement with new head coach Zac Taylor was listening to him preach his desire to be around high character people and holding folks accountable. He’s now hired a guy to lead our struggling offensive line unit with troubling leadership skills.

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