In a move not completely unexpected, the Dolphins have fired third-year coach Adam Gase on Monday morning. This after Sunday’s 42-17 defeat in Buffalo, which ensured the second consecutive losing season for Miami in Gase’s tenure.
NFL Network’s insider Ian Rapoport broke the story mid-morning:
Source: The #Dolphins fired Adam Gase.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2018
The reason this move was not unexpected is: owner Stephen Ross had not made any public comment, much less given Gase (shown above in Sunday’s loss) any reassurance, that he would be back in 2019.
We wrote early last week about CBS-TV capturing Ross’s almost despondent reactions in the owner’s box at Hard Rock Stadium during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s miserable loss to the Jaguars 17 – 7. That loss officially eliminated Miami from the AFC Wildcard hopes.
Certainly, the Dolphins three game losing streak to end the season, after having gotten into playoff contention, factored into the Monday move.
Gase was hired in 2016 after having been a successful offensive coordinator not only in Chicago, but also in Denver with Peyton Manning. The Dolphins had initial success under him winning 10 games and making the playoffs as a Wildcard team. However, they lost that Wildcard game at the Steelers.
Starting during last season, Gase and VP of football Mike Tannenbaum, begin getting rid of star players with outspoken behavior and personalities. Those included, running back Jay Ajayi, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh came at a risk.
That risk would be that the Dolphins would be better and a playoff team this season. The team brought in a slew of veterans like running back Frank Gore, receiver Danny Amendola and defensive end Robert Quinn.
Landry, who was traded for two draft picks to Cleveland in March, wasted no time in cryptically responding to Gase being fired:
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) December 31, 2018
Also factoring in was the health of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Off his surgically repaired ACL, the Dolphins did start 3 – 0, but then Tannehill got hurt in a game in Cincinnati in October and missed five games after that with a shoulder injury.
It is still unknown as to whether Tannenbaum and general manager Chris Grier will survive, and as we wrote last week: will legendary Hall of Famer Dan Marino take a role now in the front office?
You get the feeling that Ross is ready to make some noteworthy moves and hires, now.
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