There are two incidents (that we’re aware of; there may be more) involving Adam Gase punishing All Pro running back Jay Ajayi.
One was opening day 2016, when Gase benched Ajayi. The Dolphins lost that game.
The second was a few weeks ago, when Gase kicked Ajayi off the team. The Dolphins have lost every game since then.
We also know that Byron Maxwell was often in Gase’s doghouse, so Gase got rid of Maxwell too. The Dolphins are 0-3 without Maxwell.
To prove a point and to demonstrate his arrogance, Gase put himself above the overall need for talent on his team. The team is piling up loss after loss after loss, but Adam Gase is getting the last laugh, because he was able to punish a couple of guys he didn’t like by kicking them off the team. Right?
Some punishment. Jay Ajayi is now on a first-place team. The Eagles have the NFL’s best record and an incredible 3-game cushion over the also-ran Cowboys. Ajayi now runs for a team with a phenominal offensive line, and he’s already scored a brilliant touchdown in one game for the Eagles, whereas the Dolphins had zero rushing TDs until the other day. Ajayi joins a team with proven RBs, meaning his workload will be less and his rewards (wins) will be more.
This situation must have other Dolphins begging Adam Gase to “punish” them too.
Byron Maxwell is now a member of the Seahawks. He went from a last-place team with no realistic playoff chance to a perennial contender. Some punishment. Imagine playing with Bobby McCain and Michael Thomas one day, and then the next day you line up as a Legion of Boom member.
Way to prove your point, Mr. Gase!