Dolphins promote John Benton to offensive line coach

John Benton spent the past eight seasons with the Houston Texans.

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The Miami Dolphins have promoted John Benton to replace recently fired offensive line coach Jim Turner, the team announced Saturday.

The Dolphins also hired Jack Bicknell Jr. as assistant offensive line coach.

Benton was hired Jan. 29 to assist Turner, who was fired after being implicated in the Ted Wells report concerning the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito bullying scandal.

Benton, a coach for  27 years, spent the past eight seasons as the Houston Texans line coach.

Bicknell, son of the former Boston College coach, was the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach last season. He played for his father at BC.

"They are both excellent teachers and are highly respected within the coaching community," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said.

Turner and long-time head athletics trainer Kevin O’Neill were fired Feb. 19 in fallout from the Wells report concerning workplace harassment.

Center Mike Pouncey, also mentioned prominently in the Wells’ report, is the offensive line’s only starter under contract for 2014.

Besides being ground zero for the bullying scandal, the unit struggled on the field by allowing a league-high 58 sacks and blocking for the 27th ranked rushing offense with 90 yards per game in 2013.

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