On the heels of the Dolphins losing their last 3 games in a row in ugly fashion in a failed season, Stephen Ross came out with a vote of confidence for the architects of that failure, Adam Gase and Mike Tannenbaum.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not adamantly opposed to letting them keep their jobs. I’m not overly upset that they are staying. What I AM upset about, however, is Ross’s stubborn vote of confidence. I don’t mind that Ross keeps them, but he SHOULD say, “I’m going to take a few weeks and think long and hard about this. I do not accept failure, and I may make some changes.”
There is a big difference. Either way, Gase et al. are staying. But the way Ross handled it already, Gase is having a good chuckle under his breath. He knows he can do no wrong, just as Clueless Joey P. knew it for 4 long years here. If Ross handled it my way, at least Gase and Tannenbaum would sweat it out a little. On top of that, Ross’s statement has that “I am smarter than anyone” tone to it that frustrates me with Gase. He might as well say, “I don’t care what the fans want, and I don’t care how so many experts question Adam Gase’s ability, Adam is staying! Ha ha!”
Go ahead and keep your staff, Mr. Ross, but don’t make it so easy on them. Pretend you’re considering a change. And pretend you hear the fans.
So now onto the Bills game. Let’s start with Adam Gase and his ridiculous choices. For 16 weeks, we heard Gase praise Jay Cutler as an all-world QB. He wouldn’t bench Cutler no matter what, defending him left and right. And then all of a sudden yesterday, Gase felt that David Fales was a better QB? The time to give Fales a tryout is in practice, not in a real game. The pass Fales threw to end the game was among the worst passes I’ve ever seen a so-called professional throw.
And if you do choose to give playing time to your scrubs, why not try out others? Was there no one on defense we could have taken a look at? Jordan Lucas, for example? I wouldn’t mind the Fales insertion so much if not for Gase’s being so adamant all year about Cutler being his man. You still have to play a game to win. Picking 11th or 13th in the draft is about the same. Gase’s job is to win a ball game, not use a real NFL game as an experiment.
Speaking of playing to win, if Gase had called for 2 field goals instead of acting like a teenager playing Madden by going for it on 4th down a bunch of times, we would have won the game. You play to win, not to put your defense in a bad position.
I think the Dolphins will re-sign Jarvis Landry, and I am not worried about losing him at all. But the Dolphins need to reign him in. Jarvis, before you gloat, you need to read the scoreboard. I still don’t see how they overruled Landry’s fumble and Buffalo TD. He was not out of bounds at any camera angle, but we’ll take it. Then after Landry scored, he ran over and headbutted a Bill 30 seconds after the play was over. In explaining his actions, Landry said he was defending himself. Yes, the guy might have grabbed him during the play, and maybe even after. But to seek him out and run to him? That is not self-defense, it’s selfish thuggery. Last week, he helped cost us a game by fumbling to the Chiefs and he damn near did it again with Buffalo.
Gase has to reel this guy in. Leading the league in receptions on a 6-10 team that throws it 75% of the time is a meaningless personal statistic. Be proud of it quietly if you choose, but learn it’s a team sport and nothing to celebrate while you’re sitting home for the playoffs. And Kenyan Drake? Such immaturity needs to be corrected immediately.
The Bills added insult to injury when they put fatass Kyle Williams in to score a touchdown. What was Matt Burke thinking? There was one and only one play the Bills had in mind. They pretty much told you what was coming, and Burke instead called a defense as if he were expecting Williams to run a sweep. Horrible horrible coaching. The way the Bills mocked us from that point forward was hard to swallow.
Gase’s poor leadership and lack of discipline was very evident last year, and it’s worse this season. The penalties are backbreaking killers. But they are also learning opportunities for coaches, if only Gase weren’t so stubborn. Week after week after week, Gases watched opposing QBs change their cadence to make us jump offside. But Gase never tries it himself. 99% of our snaps are on “one.” Dolphin QBs don’t even try to fool the other team into jumping offside, and Gases refuses to even try.
The Dolphins had gone 2 and a half games without a third-down conversion until yesterday. On a third and 6, guess what Gase called? A running play! Can you believe it? And it worked. It worked again later. Drake converted 2 third-and-mediums on the ground. As I’ve been saying for a long time, you can run the ball effectively when the D thinks you’re going to pass. And for the first time in 2 long years, Gase tried it. He is notorious for not learning from his mistakes (and not learning from his successes), so let’s hope those running plays stick with him next season. And just in case he reads this: You are allowed to run the ball on third an inches. A QB sneak is legal.
The only good thing is that we put a scare into the Bills with the onsides kick. Until the Ravens choked their own season away to help the Bills.
More to come in the coming weeks about our options in the draft and other off-season moves.