Friday, January 05, 2018

Sophomore Slump

Adam Gase has the potential to be the best coach the Dolphins have had in quite some time. This writer thought that owner Stephen Ross had finally acquired some "football savvy" when he hired Gase two years ago. In a division marked by defensive-minded coaches, Gase came in with offensive credentials for an outside-the-box approach to turning around the Dolphins' fortunes.

The novelty of turning around a dismal start in 2016 to make the playoffs has diminished in 2017.

Gase's NFL history is that of offensive coordinator at Denver and Chicago. He did well enough to merit the promotion to head coach with the Dolphins. His insistence to remain in this comfort zone is stunting his development as a head coach.

There's a reason why most NFL head coaches don't call plays. Their job is to make sure the machine is running powerfully and efficiently. They hire mechanics (coaches) to adjust the the nuts and bolts to keep the players well-tuned. A head coach maintains a philosophy that instills confidence and performance from his workforce.

Gase has to learn how to be a head coach and let his staff do their jobs. His job is to make sure that everyone understands their responsibilities and performs them to his satisfaction. If that means he has to take a step back and look at the big picture, then so be it.

Adam Gase, head coach of the up and coming Miami Dolphins.
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It is all about control and Gase is unwilling to give up control of the play calling. He likes it too much.


Carl, the word "stubborn" comes to mind!


I agree with you, and that's why I will continue to defend Gase...for now. He's not even 40 AND this is his first HC job. There's no such thing as a 39 year-old HC that's just going to come into his first HC job and be perfect.

Fans that expected playoffs this year with a MUCH harder schedule and Jay Cutler at QB were delusional. I didn't expect 6-10. I thought it would be A LITTLE better, but I can't say I'm shocked.

Gase has to learn, and every fan should have known and expected that from the start. We are 2-3 years out from being a Superbowl contender...and that's if they aren't stupid and don't fire Gase and blow up the team AGAIN before he's had time to develop. Give him 2 more years, if he hasn't shown that development by 2020, rebuild from the GM down.


J, I'm on board with that.


They won't fire Gase. Not for a couple years anyway