I’ve said a million times…I’d rather hear a coach say “No Comment” rather than lie to our faces.
I would have no problem with Nick Saban ditching the Dolphins if he didn’t lie to our faces all season long and say it was not gonna happen.
I’d have no problem with Bill Parcells trading Jason Taylor if he had not promised to never do so.
I wouldn’t mind if Stephen Ross admitted he was a disinterested NY businessman instead of saying he’s a Dolphin fan and then undermining the team.
When it comes to Dolphin management, the long journey of dishonesty has gone on for years.
Brian Flores spoke to reporters this weekend about his coaching staff, and he sorta kinda played it in the middle. He didn’t seem to lie to our faces, but he was not forthcoming either. Why was Chad O’Shea fired? The guy had so little to work with, and one of the worst O-lines in NFL history, and he still turned the season around–somehow. The offense surged to average over 28 points per game in December. Twenty-Eight! During December, when we typically fold. 28 ppg!
By comparison, in December 2018 we averaged only 18 ppg. In 2017, it was 22 ppg. December 2016 yielded only 17 ppg.
Chad O’Shea’s offense was the only one to strive in December. To get better and improve. To defeat 2 very strong teams in the Eagles and Patriots. They showed a lot of promise, and I looked forward to seeing what O’Shea could do with a stronger line next season. But it wasn’t meant to be.
When asked about O’Shea, Flores did nothing but speak in cliches and innuendo, repeating different variations on “I make decisions that I think will make our team better.” No specifics were given. No qualifications given. No indication as to why Flores himself thought O’Shea was the best man for the job last year, but not this year. Chan Gailey was sitting home doing nothing LAST year, and suddenly that year of playing golf made him a better coach? Nothing from Flores but the standard, secretive lines about “making our team better.”
As usual, sadly, the Miami media did not press him. No follow-up questions trying to dig further into Flores’ decision-making process. Just an acceptance. Would it hurt a reporter to simply ask “Why?” or “How?”
Why is Chan Gailey better than a man who got the team flying high in December to end the season on a promising note? How is it better to ask your entire offense to learn a whole new system from scratch? The offense will now have zero continuity, so all of last year’s “learning the offense” is tossed out the window. Why can’t the Dolphins ever keep the same system longer than a year or two? And why won’t they explain it to us honestly?