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Dolphins promote Benton and add Jack Bicknell Jr to the coaching staff

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The Miami Dolphins and head coach Joe Pilibin announced today that John Benton had been promoted to offensive line coach and Jack Bicknell Jr, has been named assistant offensive line coach.

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Today the Miami Dolphins and head coach Joe Philbin announced the move that most Dolphins fans assumed was coming. The promotion of John Benton to offensive line coach. The vacancy was of course made by way of last weeks firing of Jim Turner following fallout from the Wells report. Also announced was the addition of Jack Bicknell Jr to the coaching staff.

Joe Philbin said in his statement "With the promotion of John Benton, along with the addition of Jack Bicknell Jr. we have two experienced football coaches who have an impressive history working with and developing quality offensive line units. They are both  excellent teachers are are highly respected within the coaching community. Both coaches will be great assets to the Miami Dolphins organization.".

Benton was of course hired at the end of January as the assistant offensive line coach. He had spent the previous 8 seasons as the offensive line coach for the Houston Texans. Bicknell comes to Miami following a season with the Pittsburgh Steelers as their offensive line coach. Prior to that Bricknell spent the 2012 season as the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Bricknell began his NFL coaching career with the New York Giants in 2009.