Adam Gase came on pretty strong the other day with his description of the Miami Dolphins offense as “garbage.” That’s really coming off the top rope, like Bill Parcells might have done.
There’s a deep well of frustration bubbling up here, and it reminds me of how Gase based his choice of Miami as a head coaching destination on the presence of Ryan Tannehill.
Too many NFL coaches are getting by with whatever they’ve got at quarterback. Sometimes it clicks for a week or two but that’s about it. The Dolphins are going to be dealing with that with Jay Cutler this year.
So just how much garbage are we talking about here, based on one lousy performance against the New York Jets and a low-scoring escape against the Los Angeles Chargers?
Well, the Dolphins are ranked 30th in the league in points (12.5 per game) and 27th in total yards (280.5 per game).
Denver led the league in both categories when Gase was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator and Peyton Manning was his quarterback.
The Bears were better, too, in 2015, when Gase was calling plays for Cutler and, in a pinch, Jimmy Clausen. Chicago averaged 20.9 points and 345 yards per game that year.
Then there was the Tim Tebow experience in 2011, with all the sophistication ripped out of the playbook and the Broncos going 8-8 with an offensive style was roundly panned around the league as “unsustainable.” Always confused me that John Elway and his staff could be somehow repulsed by the six-game win streak that Tebow ripped off and eager to rid themselves of the problem, but that’s another story.
The point is that Gase was Denver’s quarterbacks coach back then, and in concert with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy he managed to squeeze 18.7 points per game out of Tebow’s 13 starts, with a couple of playoff games included.
The Dolphins are well below that output now, a level of production that Gase probably figured was the absolute minimum standard for his NFL coaching career, and even more so once he was in complete control of a team.
Not sure how many effective personnel changes are available to him now, but it’s got to get better for Sunday’s London game against the Saints. There are stronger words than garbage. Gase knows them all and he’s not afraid to use them.