As we said last week, it’s virtually impossible to beat the Steelers in the playoffs or even leading up to the playoffs. Still can’t prove what kind of hold the Rooney family has over the NFL, but the Steelers continue to get all the calls. All the time.
In the Bengal game, for example, a Steeler leveled a Bengal by diving at his head–helmet first–and received no penalty. Coach Joey Porter later ran onto the field in the middle of a melee, and the refs looked the other way. The only other team to get as many calls is New England.
It will be some kind of cosmic explosion when the Steelers go to Foxboro for the AFC championship game in two weeks. The NFL won’t know which team to favor. Heads will spin.
Now onto our new coach, Adam Gase. I’ve had some time to digest all the news and watch and re-watch all his press conferences and interviews. Here are some thoughts.
He doesn’t seem like a leader. He’s not confident at all, and seems nervous about what he’s about to undertake. It might just be stage fright. He could be an excellent head coach who doesn’t like the bright lights of media coverage. Not the end of the world. But I sense it’s more than that. In watching his initial press conference, it’s almost as if he looks like, “Man what did I get myself into? I have to be in charge of defense now too? And special teams? And I no longer have Peyton Manning running my plays?”
Omar Kelly noted almost the same things that many of us did. Check out this article from Chicago: http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1242339/dolphins-fans-already-getting-mad-adam-gase
Gase spoke a lot about planning and preparation, etc. So did Joe Philbin. So did Dan Campbell.
He seems like another X’s and O’s guy, and I have no doubt that he knows of his stuff. But he never mentioned football strategy, what it takes to win, toughness, what he brings to the table, etc.
We’ve heard the story about 500 times already about how he was making little money as a coach, but he stuck with it anyway. Nice. Now tell us why you deserve to be a head coach.
We had to endure Stephen Ross tell us how highly regarded Gase was. The best accomplishment we heard about Gase is that he’s highly thought of. So was Clueless Joe.
If Gase has any innovations in mind, he certainly didn’t spell them out. Yes, it’s early. But still, you’d think he would give us something to look forward to. Anything.
As usual, the Dolphins management and front office schemes are confusing. Mike Tannenbaum said that Gase will be in charge of the roster, but that does not mean Gase gets to pick the players. Player selection will still be handled by the other brainiacs who gave us such luminaries as Dion Jordan. And then throw in a GM with zero power into the mix and you get…the same old Dolphins.
Gase thanked and praised Nick Saban, with seemingly zero awareness of the year-long deceit that Saban foisted about Dolfans.
Watching Gase’s mannerisms and listening to his tone, he doesn’t come across as a strong leader who can whip the Dolphins into shape. Certainly not a man to be feared and respected. Then again, Dan Campbell did seem like a man to be feared and respected, and the Dolphins still didn’t play well for him. So who knows.
If only Ross was as passionate about the Dolphins as the rest of us are. Stephen Ross talks of the Dolphins like a business. But when he talks about U Michigan, however, his eyes light up and we see the true passion he has.