This is an article that was written a couple months ago, but it echos what we fans were saying about Sparano's lack of commitment in the development of Turner. When the season was done, he should have gotten some snaps in games.
Dolphins have regrets regarding Patrick Turnerhttp://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_fo ... urner.html
by: Omar Kelly March 23rd, 2010 | 4:36 PM
Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano admitted he failed one of his receivers last season.
One of the glaring regrets Sparano has about 2009 was the fact he didn’t develop Patrick Turner, the former USC receiver the Dolphins selected in the third-round of last year’s draft, enough to get him into games.
Sparano admitted he was too concerned about game-planning, and special teams duties to find a role for Turner.
“I don’t feel good about that from my end. I did a poor job of that,” Sparano volunteered when talking about last year’s rookie class.
Turner was the only player he talked about in that fashion.
“I should have got him in the game,” he said. ”I should have got him some exposure so I did not do a good job there.”
Turner was active for just two games, and didn’t catch a single pass because he didn’t run a single route. But part of his disappointing rookie season was his fault considering he failed to outperform fellow rookie Briant Hartline, the team’s fourth-round pick, during the exhibition season.