Although not acknowledged by the team, many media reports are saying that Clyde Christensen will be the Dolphins next offensive coordinator.
Given the fact that Adam Gase is head coach and will call all plays himself, one has to wonder what the offensive coordinator will do. To find out what a figurehead offensive coordinator with no power really does, you need only look back as far as Joey Philbin in Green Bay.
As we’ve stated many times here at Dolphins Truth, Philbin worked as Mike McCarthy’s OC in Green Bay. McCarthy saw Philbin and worked with him day in and day out for many years. In all that time, McCarthy never once allowed Philbin to make a decision. Stephen Ross, literally, was the first man on earth to allow Joe Philbin to make football decisions. Ross, a total stranger to Philbin, thought he knew better that McCarthy, who knew Philbin intimately.
We all saw how well that worked out. Although somehow, unbelievably, some of my readers still defend Joe Philbin and blame Jeff Ireland for Philbin’s lack of common sense, skills, brains, etc.
Anyway, we were watching the Titans’ press conference today, where Mike Mularkey was named head coach. He was filled with passion and seemed truly humbled. Not overwhelmed by the job, but humbled by it. Adam Gase was the other way around. I still hope we’re all wrong about Gase, and only time will tell.
Did you notice that Mike Shula’s offense put up 31 points in the first half alone against the best defense in the world?
By the way, ever since Adam Gase left the Broncos, all they did was secure the #1 seed in the AFC and move to the AFC Title game.
The Broncos are better without Gase, and their success this year proves it. For good measure, throw in the fact that Gase’s new team (Chicago Bears), finished in last place.
Last year under Gase, Denver was bounced in the first round of the playoffs with Peyton Manning playing all season. This year, once Gase was gone and without Manning, the Broncos went to #1. It shows you how unimportant Gase was to that team. They used a second-string QB this year and did better WITHOUT Gase.
Yet in the world of Stephen Ross’s logic, you hire medicore men with no track record. “Why not? It’s only my NFL team. As long as someone doesn’t hire an inexperienced mediocre coach for my beloved Wolverines.”
I’m confident that Gase can increase the offensive production. Do you realize that last year, we scored 21+ point only THREE times? You can’t get much worse.
I don’t fear Gase’s offensive plans. I fear his overall head coaching inexperience. He leaves more questions than answers heading into this season. He has no experience with challenges. No experience in deciding what to do on fourth down. No experience winning an argument with an NFL ref. No experience speaking to anyone on his team’s defense. No experience with the logistics of running a travel schedule, a practice, discipline.
I wouldn’t mind so much if Ross and Tannenbaum at least acknowledged that Gase will learn all this on the fly. At least admit that he has no experience in these matters. But no. Ross is already implying that Gase is ready. And why?
Ross listed Gase’s credentials as “people said good things about him.” That was it! Ross had never met the guy! He’s trying to sell Gase to us by saying that other teams liked him. Again, let’s hope we’re wrong and Stephen Ross is right…