For once, I can only blame Adam Gase and his play calls for a small portion of this loss.
Jay Cutler is even less at fault.
Instead, the Dolphins’ superstars, not Cutler or Gase, decided to play for the Chiefs today. Cameron Wake had penalties. Jarvis Landry gave the ball to the Chiefs. Kenny Stills gave the ball to the Chiefs. Kong Suh did nothing (unless you count jumping offsides). Torry McTyer let a pick-6 go through his arms. Punter Matt Haack decided to kick the ball 20 yards. Twice. (All right, those last two are not one of our superstars, but just another example of a player choking the game away that is no fault of Gase.)
It was a one-sided loss that could have easily been 50-13 instead of only 29-13. But it also could have been a 17-13 Dolphins win if not for turnovers and penalties. Odd game.
The Dolphins moved the ball surprisingly easily. But when it counted, they fumbled it away twice, and then tried a third time, but Cutler recovered his own whiff. Deep in the red zone, Adam Gase, on a drive when Kenyan Drake was knifing through the Chiefs at will, decided to keep passing to a journeyman tight end right off the practice squad named Derby. We failed each time.
Speaking of failure, the statistics surrounding Adam Gase’s genius as a QB guru and offensive wizard are getting noticed more and more. My readers already know this. But the networks are finally reporting it each week. The Dolphins are 6-9, and probably will end up 6-10. That is a failed season. But still, Adam Gase will not change things up. The stats show that Miami leads the NFL in number of plays with a 5-WR set (nobody in the backfield). We lead the league on average pass attempt length on 3rd and short. Lead the NFL on pass plays. Lead the NFL on pass plays thrown on third down. I could go on and on.
The bottom line: Gase calls too many pass plays. Please spare me the nonsense about we “have” to throw because we are down in games. We don’t run it enough early. We don’t run it enough late. We don’t run it enough when we’re winning big, and we sure don’t run it enough when losing and desperate for points.
You know what would shut me up about this? If the Dolphins passing game was good for 30 points a game, I would shut up. If the Dolphins had no legitimate running backs, I would shut up. If Adam Gase’s offense was successful, I would admit that he is right and I am wrong. But guess what? I am right and HE is wrong. 6-9 is wrong, and there is your proof.
But the whole world sees Gase’s plays and his philosophy fail. We see his system fail, and then we see him double down on it. How in the world are we throwing more passes per game than Cleveland or Cincy or the Jets or some of the other scrub teams.
Apparently, Landry and Gase had a screaming match during the game, which probably means Landry will be cut and get to join the Patriots. Gase does not allow players to question his almighty genius. Just ask Jay Ajayi and Byron Maxwell, both of whom were punished by Gase by being traded to playoff teams.
At least he is giving Jakeem Grant much more playing time, and Grant has given us 2 TDs in 3 weeks. Keep it up into next year.
Matt Burke and his defense could do nothing to stop Alex Smith. The best weapon Burke had was when KC ran handoffs instead of passing it. Alex Smith ate us alive. The NFL’s other young coaches, like Sean McVay of the Rams, for example, are succeeding because team management forced the young coach to hire veteran offensive and defensive coordinators, like Wade Phillips. Sean McVay can sit back and know his defense is in capable hands because ownership forced him to hire a veteran. Stephen Ross, on the other hand, allowed novice Adam Gase to put his defense in the hands of two friends, two inexperienced, so-so coaches, two years in a row. Gase put his offense in his own hands two years in a row. The results are what they are.