So Cam Newton wants us to believe that he was innocently walking off the field, minding his own business, and then several Dolphin multi-millionaires tried to steal his necklace. All on their own, without provocation, on national TV with millions of witnesses, the Dolphins tried to rob him…all while Cam innocently did nothing to provoke it.
Hmmmm, is there something wrong with Cam’s version of events?
I was very curious to hear what Chan Gailey said about his offense’s terrible showing on Sunday, and his words/explanations/excuses did not inspire any confidence. If you missed it, he basically said the same old cliche that has plagued Dolphin coaches for years: “I’m still learning and I’ll get better.” The man is 68 years old and should be teaching, not learning. Yes, I know it’s just a cliche, but there is no confidence in his voice. “Hopefully I’ll be better next time.”
“Hopefully I’ll be better next time.” I expect a rookie to say that in training camp. Not a seasoned professional coach in a real game.
He said DeVante Parker’s injury really threw him off and he didn’t adjust well. Yes, he admitted that in public. Rather than simply having a different WR run DeVante’s patterns on the same plays, Gailey went with different plays. You saw how bad they were.
On the running game, Gailey said that they wanted to use Matt Breida more, but the Patriots adjusted their schemes, so the Dolphins were forced to go with the Myles Gaskin package instead. Forced? Uhhh, no. YOU impose YOUR will upon the opponent, not the other way around. Gailey also said, again, that he didn’t adjust well when the Patriots schemed to stop the run. This is a guy with 50 years of NFL experience, and he admits he had no counter plan when NE stuffed the box. That is a sad and scary comment.
I hate the concept of having different “packages” for different players. Gailey was overly reliant on the “packages” he created for Parker and had no answer when Parker was hurt. That is counter-productive to the simple next-man-up concept. Having a dedicated “third-down running back,” for example is standard in many offenses. But if that RB is injured, or–as Gailey had no answer for–if the opponent schemes to take away that option, you have to adjust. Gailey didn’t. Through training camp, it sounded like Malcolm Perry was to be our third-down back, but Flores made him inactive. And what if the third-down back really starts to shine? Common sense says you give them more snaps, even on first and second downs. But the “packages” don’t allow for this. Just let your best players run the best plays, period.
When you see the RBs failing, why not try a new RB for a few series? When you see your QB floating air balls and drilling grounders and tossing INTs, why not try a new QB for a series? Those two ideas are a lot better than keeping everything the same and hoping that “I’ll be better next time.”
Thank goodness the lowly Browns only scored 6 points, or else Gailey’s offense would be the worst in the league right now instead of second worst.
Look, there is no shame in losing to a superior team. I was actually hoping that Gailey would say we simply lost to a better team. We lost because there was no preseason for the rookies. Or we lost because NE was more experienced that us. I can handle all of that. But to have your OC seem to have no answers? To admit he didn’t know how to adjust? To admit he was unprepared for an injury?
Let’s hope he adjusts quickly. Let’s hope he gets better next time.