Any coach would be steamed if his team suddenly forgot how to score, but here are some numbers to demonstrate what an unprecedented shock this is to Adam Gase.
The Miami Dolphins coach had a hand in several NFL scoring records
during his time with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Denver scored 50-plus points in three games during the 2013 season, when Gase was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. That ties a league record shared by the 1969 Minnesota Vikings, the 1966 Dallas Cowboys, the 1963 San Diego Chargers and the Giants and Rams of 1950.
The Broncos also scored an NFL-record 606 points in 2013.
Cast the net a little wider, from 2012, when Gase was Denver’s quarterbacks coach, to 2014, his second season as playcaller, and you find 30 consecutive regular-season games in which the Broncos scored at least 20 points. That, too, is an NFL record.
So far in 2017, Gase’s Dolphins have scored a total of 25 points. That’s a league-worst average of 8.3 per game.
There were only half a dozen times during Gase’s five-year run on the Broncos’ staff when Denver scored eight points or fewer. It wasn’t all Peyton, either. That stretch includes 33 games started by Kyle Orton at quarterback and 16 by Tim Tebow.
Gase’s one season calling plays in Chicago was significantly better, too. The Bears, with Jay Cutler at quarterback, averaged 20.9 points per game in 2015 and were held to single digits only once.
Of course, all of this could change on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. The Dolphins offense could catch fire like the Houston Texans, who scored seven points in a season-opening loss to Jacksonville and 57 last week against Tennessee.
The current pace, however, is historic, and in ways that Gase never believed he might experience.
That’s because the NFL record for fewest points in a 16-game season is 140 points by the 1992 Seattle Seahawks. They averaged 8.75 points per game, and that’s more than Miami is managing now.