Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by uk_dolfan, Jan 11, 2018.
I read he was already making 2 million. he must have gotten paid.
I guess people are having angst out of habit. I can't really blame people since this has been a bottom tier franchise in all of professional sports for going on two decades. It takes a toll on the psyche of the fan base.
But, these are fairly obvious and solid moves. Barrett was a college guy from like UCF or something and was undistinguished. C'mon. Same thing with adding Washburn for OL. Our team is full of error prone guys. We need coaches that know how to instill discipline and smarts in our play.
Let's be real. This time next year, you will see a significant improvement in our penalties, mistakes, and dumb play. These moves are going to help make that happen. I'd also expect an uptick in our running game.
We hope to see improvement, you mean?
Brother -- that is SO TRUE! And it all starts with ownership.
End of story. Where's the glory?
I hope you're tight. But I have serious reservations when factoring in the overall status quo (starting with ownership!
I've no idea about any of these new coaches, but I like the fact that whereas coaches like Mularkey say they are fine with whatever they are doing and will continue to do everything the same way until they get fired (the very next day, in that case), Gase really goes all out to make changes when he's not satisfied. Ajayi, Maxwell, the coaches... I like that kind of drive and courage in him
Point taken that I’m hoping. But I’m also projecting. As John Lennon said “it can’t get much worse” to Paul McCartney’s line “it’s getting better all the time.”
But, seriously, we all saw how many mistakes the Dolphins made last season, from missed coverages, to missed blocking assignments, to penalties, etc. I cannot sit here with a straight face and pretend to know what the position coaches were teaching the players, but we saw the bottom line of high frequency of errors.
I don’t have the time to do it, but if we charted each drive, I think you’d see a recklessly high number of drives that were self-sabotaged by mistakes. I’m talking about a drive where you hit on a couple of plays, you’re on the move and boom, Pouncey or Tunsil or James held, or they didn’t block the right guy or there was an asinine penalty. So, now you’ve got second and twenty or third and seventeen. On defense, I doubt it was as bad, but there would be, say, Tank in one coverage and everyone else in something else, and boom, somebody got loose for a thirty yard gain. Or you’d have them dead to rights and a mental error gave them new life and they ended up scoring. If we charted every mental error and noted how many drives were spoiled, then compare the possible delta in points with the final score, I think that’s the biggest reason for the failed season. Every team in every game will have some degree of this but for the Dolphins it was a way of life.
I’ve been an unabashed Gase supporter and I still stand by that. I’d say, if we saw the number of drives that were ruined by undisciplined play, there’s your answer. It’s not necessarily scheming or play calling that jumps out at me. We saw a number of nice opportunities where the coaches dialed up the perfect move, and boom, there’d be a missed execution.
So, the next counter is that it’s Gase’s job to fix the undisciplined play, which has been a problem for two years and cannot be chalked up to coincidences. Enough data is in to say it’s a reflection of who this team is, and how it’s been coached up. I agree completely. But, that’s my point. We’ve dumped position coaches at positions where the play needs to be cleaned up. I would actually be ticked off if we didn’t make the staff changes because I’m tired of watching mistake-filled players.
While we definitely need an improved roster, with better athleticism, just cleaning up mistakes will go a long way. The Patriots are the poster children for showing what can be done if you just play sound.
In a sense, it’s good it happened last year, so the need for the fixes would be so painfully obvious. This team wasn’t going to do anything with Cutler.
It may be contrarian, but the Dolphins have a great opportunity to right the ship for the long haul. I think we are at an inflection point, and we can go up from here and stay up. Obviously, this will require the right personnel moves, but the opportunity is sitting there.
Could also be Drake is a smart player and excelled despite mediocre coaching