MIAMI, FL — After clinching a Season 18 playoff berth for the first time in his career and losing in the Wild Card round, head coach Adam Gase is about to lose another battle, his job.
They called him a quarterback guru but he has struggled to bring his signal callers up to their potential. He failed with Ryan Tannehill (Broncos), Brock Osweiler (FA), Kenan Fleming (Patriots), Trevor Siemian (FA) and now with Anthony Ripkowski.
Ripkowski, who was awarded the 2020 Offensive Rookie Of The year has been a big disappointment leading into this season. His statistical performance has dropped dramatically and is in jeopardy of repeating his rookie season. in fact, Ripkowski is on pace to throw under 19 touchdowns and over 50 interceptions. He is certainly making a big statement for Sophomore slump.
The Dolphins also have a potential star as a back up in the name of Matt Turner and it appears that the front office is not willing to jeopardize his development under the current coaching staff.
Adam Gase so far has posted in his career in Miami a 19-36 record, including 2021 season in progress. If fired, Gase is unlikely to be sought out as a coaching candidate for other teams in the middle of the season. If fired after the season, it’s most likely he could be hired as an offensive coordinator but it all depends how the Miami front office handles the process.
2018 - (7-9) 2nd AFC East 2019 - (2-14) 4th AFC East 2020 - (9-7)* 2nd AFC East *Wild Card Playoff Berth 2021 - (1-6) current
Gase has been trying to instill a vertical zone run offensive scheme but the lack of a consistent running game has made Miami a predictable team. Through the years, there have been multiple inside reports of players worrying about their jobs as Gase has threaten in the past, next man up if you don’t perform. We have seen prominent players (OT-Laremy Tunsil, LB-Jerome Baker, CB-Tony Lippett, LB-Raekwon McMillian, WR-Devante Parker, OG-Trai Turner, LT-Donovan Smith and the latest FS-Minkah Fitzpatrick) traded away.
2018 Season 16 Trades Dolphins get: RG Trai Turner - 82 OVR - 25 yrs old Panthers get: LT Laremy Tunsil - 77 OVR - 24 yrs old and 5th round pick Saints get: LOLB Jerome Baker - 70 OVR - 21 yrs old and 1st round pick Dolphins get: LE Cameron Jordan - 96 OVR - 29 yrs old and a 5th round pick Lions get: CB Tony Lippett - 74 OVR - 26 yrs old Dolphins get: 5th round pick 2019 Season 17 Trades None 2020 Season 18 Trades Dolphins get: Current 3rd round pick & Future 3rd round pick Falcons get: OLB Raekwon McMillian - 75 OVR - 23 yrs old Dolphins get: LG La'el Collins - 78 OVR - 27 yrs old Cowboys get: 2nd round pick Broncos get: WR DeVante Parker - 84 OVR - 27 yrs old Dolphins get: 2nd round pick 2021 Season 19 Trades Chiefs get: 1st round pick (#21 overall) & RG Trai Turner - 82 OVR - 28 yrs old Dolphins get: 1st round pick (#17 overall) Seahawks get: FS Minkah Fitzpatrick - 91 OVR - 24 yrs old & LT Donovan Smith - 73 OVR - 28 yrs old Dolphins get: Current 1st round pick, Future 2nd round pick, & LT Will Nix - 83 OVR - 24 yrs old
While the team has been trying to strengthen their offensive line for the young signal caller, the defense continues to be a weakness. Currently (23rd) worst defense in the league allowing points per game with 26 points; (30th) worst allowing total yards 322.3 yards; (21st) worst in passing yards allowed per game 231.6 and (23rd) worst in rushing yards per game 90.7. On offense it’s much of the same in rankings, (29th) worst in scoring points 15.0; (30th) worst total yards passing 241.3; (17th) passing yards per game 195 and (31st) worst rushing yards per game 46.3.
It’s clear that the Dolphins needs an overhaul on the field and in coaching. Who will the front office target as head coach when the firing is announced officially? We have a few in mind:
- Dabo Swinney (NCAA Clemson) HC
- Jim Harbaugh (NCAA Michigan) HC
- Jake Spavital (NCAA West Virginia) OC
- Darren Rizzi (Dolphins) AHC/STC
- Jack Del Rio (no team)
- Carson Palmer (no team)
- Eli Manning (no team)
- Jake Gunner (no team)
Whoever the Dolphins have in mind, we expect them to have patience for up to 2-3 years. Sorry fans but it’s going to be a growing pain experience once again.