TURNER ON THE WAY?

Unless the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decide to make Norv Turner their new head coach — something which doesn't appear likely at this point — he will become the Dolphins' new offensive coordinator.<P>

Turner exercised an option in his contract with the San Diego Chargers that allowed him to void the final three years if they hired someone else to become their new head coach after Mike Riley was fired.

And when San Diego hired Marty Schottenheimer, that's just what Turner did.

And he made no secret of his desire to join the Dolphins, and good friend Dave Wannstedt.

"It's not that I can't work with Marty, but if I end up where I think I'll end up, in Miami, I'll be with someone I've known for 20 years," Turner said. "Dave and I go way back. We've worked together, and he knows what I'm thinking and I know what he's thinking. there's something to be said for that."

If Turner somehow doesn't wind up replacing Chan Gailey in Miami, the leading candidate would be quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, or perhaps receivers coach Robert Ford.

But it appears that it indeed will be Norv Turner who will be the Dolphins' offensive coordinator in 2002.

FRONT OFFICE NEWS

The Dolphins announced four front-office promotions on Monday, the same day team president Eddie Jones said he would retire after the 2002 season.

Jones joined the Dolphins in 1988 and has been team president since 1996.

"I'll be 65, and it's the perfect time to spend time with the family and travel," Jones said. "I wanted to do it when I was in good health. It is tough to do, but it's something you need to do."

As for the promotions, the most notable was that of Rick Spielman, who was promoted to senior vice president-football operations/player personnel.

The move is notable because the Detroit Lions reportedly were interested in Spielman's services.

"Everyone knows Rick has done an outstanding job in player personnel, and his expanded duties give him even more responsibility in managing the day-to-day activities of the football side of the Dolphins organization," said Wannstedt. "His increased involvement in those areas will allow me to focus even more on the coaching part of my overall responsibilities."

The other promotions involved Bryan Weidmeier, who will be executive vice president and chief operating officer; Harvey Greene, who will be senior vice president-media relations; and Jim Ross, who will be senior vice president-sales and marketing.


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