The Dolphins have a new offensive coordinator, and once again, it’s a pal of Coach Adam Gase.
Some guy named Dowell Loggains, who most recently led the mighty Chicago Bears offense to a last-place finish, was given the Dolphins job today. The good news is that the offensive coordinator in Miami is just a figurehead. The bad news is that the offensive coordinator in Miami is just a figurehead. Meaning, Adam Gase will continue to call the passes. I mean call the plays.
Much like Gase gave charity jobs to his chums Julius Thomas and Jay Cutler, along with Matt Burke and Vance Joseph, he continued his trend today. Clueless Joe Philbin made a terrible choice in hiring his buddy Mike Sherman to run our offense; but at least Philbin didn’t hire his friends repeatedly, like Gase does.
This would all be a moot point of any of these bozos had a modicum of success…either in their past or after they join the Dolphins. They don’t.
Why does Stephen Ross allow this? It’s like employing a bad tutor to teach your kids, AND then allowing the tutor to sub-let Calculus and Latin lessons to his stoner pals. It’s ridiculous. Have you seen Dowell’s Loggains’ resume? Is there one thing on there, JUST ONE, that says, “There are only 32 offensive coordinator jobs in the world, and I deserve one?”
On the other side of the ball, Matt Burke asked a question today that I’d love to answer. When asked why he had his linebackers defending in pass coverage so much last year, he asked, “Do you have a better idea?”
- Use the dime package more.
- Play with 5 down linemen and 6 DBs.
- Line up Reshad Jones as a LB if you want, but get Alonso off the field whenever Gronkowski is on the field.
- Quit playing a 4-3-4 lineup on nearly every down.
- Blitz your linebackers so that they are not in coverage. The TEs are gonna get open anyway, so you might as well rush the QB into a bad throw.
- STOP dropping Cameron Wake back into coverage. It never works.
- Let Mike Hull play more.
- Fight like hell when your brilliant head coach wants you to use your prized rookie linebacker as a special teams blocker in a scrimmage game.
I’m no defensive whiz, but I just gave Mr. Burke 8 answers off the top of my head.
On Sunday, David Fales scored on a read option play. To give Adam Gase credit where it is due, the play was brilliantly designed and executed flawlessly. Fales literally walked into the end zone. The problem is, where was this play all year? I know Gase’s excuse already. “It’s not a play we work on with Jay or Matt.” Really?
Here is the play: “If you see the defensive end run to your right, then keep it and jog to your left. But if the defensive end runs to your left, then hand off to the RB running right.” I don’t care how slow or feeble Moore and Cutler are, there is no reason to NOT use that play all through the year. Just like Gase waited until Week 17 to finally run the ball on third down..and it worked! We can only pray that Gase learns some lessons from this all.