TURNER TAKES OVER

The move that had been aniticapited became reality on Tuesday when the Dolphins announced the hiring of Norv Turner as the team's new offensive coordinator.<P>And, judging by his comments at a press conference introducing him to the South Florida media, Turner has every intention of making the Miami offense more explosive than it has been in recent years.<P>

"We're going to make big plays," Turner said. "To win, on offense you have to be explosive."

Turner comes to the Dolphins with a reputation of having one of the greatest offensive minds in the game.It was talent Turner could see last season when he was the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers and they spent a couple of days practicing with the Dolphins prior to their preseason meeting last August.

Turner said he was impressed with the Dolphins' talent, singling out wide receiver Chris Chambers. He also said quarterback Jay Fiedler's skills fit into what he wanted to do on offense.

"If you can have a balanced offense, it gives the best chance to win," Turner said. "The more things you're good at, the more things you can do."

Turner emphasized that his main objective was putting players in positions to do what they do best. That means the Dolphins might get the ball in fullback Rob Konrad's hands more often, considering he's always been a better runner and receiver than blocker.

Turner also wants to throw the ball downfield, stating that he wants his wide receivers to average 16 or 17 yards per reception.

Before joining the Dolphins, Turner interviewed for the head coaching position with the Tampa Bay Bucs, but he said he was ready to take the Dolphins job as early as last week before being told by Dave Wannstedt to take some time to think about things.

But on Monday, Turner called the Bucs and told him he was taking the Miami job.

Turner and Wannstedt coached together at USC in the early 1980s and again on Jimmy Johnson's staff with the Dallas Cowboys in 1991 and 1992. They won a Super Bowl togetther during the 1992 season.

The two are close friends, as are their wives.

Turner signed a three-year contract with the Dolphins.

"What I want to do is help the organization and be part of a winner."

Finally, a press conference with Turner wouldn't have been complete without a question about the status of Troy Aikman and the rumors that he was contemplating a return to football — but only if he can play with Turner.

"That speculation has always been interesting to me and flattering," Turner said. "But I expect Troy will be announcing, and when we see him will be when we're playing an NFC team on FOX and he's in the booth announcing."


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