The Dolphins hired Chan Gailey today as our new offensive coordinator. I’m not opposed to this hiring, but I wish it had come a year sooner.
A year ago, I was harping on the fact that Ross should have ordered inexperienced Brian Flores to hire a veteran OC. He sorta kinda did that in Jim Caldwell, who couldn’t make it through the season due to health concerns. So now we have Chan Gailey, who definitely brings the experience.
I don’t question Gailey’s credentials, but I’m still at a loss for why Chad O’Shea was just dismissed. We just won two games in a row and enter the off-season on high note. O’Shea’s offense put up 62 points in the last two games. Throw in another 37 points vs. the Eagles…and I call that a very successful December. I think the play calls were great for the most part, and the plays utilized Fitzpatrick’s skill set.
For example, I cannot think of one single play–not one all year–where Fitz stood in the pocket too long or failed to sense a rush. Sure, he got creamed a million times, but those were on plays when he had no chance. As good as Tannehill is doing this year, as a Dolphin he lacked the ability to sense the rush and scramble away. Fitz has that ability, and O’Shea called plays that suited him. I think Fitz is a good match for the stuff O’Shea wanted to do. His offense bailed out the shoddy Dolphin defense for all 5 of our wins. Not the other way around.
So I’m not sure why Flores would give up on him.
Looking forward, as I said, I’m okay with Gailey. I like the notion, in theory, of giving coordinator jobs to former head coaches.
The part I hate about this is that our team has to learn YET ANOTHER new offense. That is a killer.
Yesterday, I was all set to write that the best part of the off-season is that our players know the system. As bad as our O-line was, they know the plan. They know the calls. They know where to be. Now, that is all shot. They become students all over again, instead of football players. Yet another year of our guys making mistakes all through September and October until they start to get it down. Don’t be naive and think that Gailey will simply come in and use O’Shea’s offense. It never works that way.
So while I’m generally pleased with this hire, I think the timing of it is a drawback. But we have a long time to figure that out.