The Miami Dolphins hype train had definitely slowed down, and the deceleration was due to “NASCAR on grass” not being able to get off the start line the last two weeks.
Adam Gase took a very confident 3-0 Dolphins team heading into Gillette Stadium against a Patriots team that seemed to be wounded, and vulnerable to what seemed to be a high-powered offensive attack.
In that contest, Gase’s led offense could only muster up a very disappointing 172 yards of total offense. Since then the wind has been taken out of the sails of what many of us thought to be the best team in the AFC East.
How do the Dolphins offense respond after taking such a beating against the Patriots?
They have a surging Cincinnati Bengals team down 17-3, on the road in the 4th quarter, and give up 24 unanswered points because the offense goes completely inept, and they go on to lose 27-17.
Adam Gase, and his play calling handicapped the offense and caused it to fall right back into the depths of the league just like his first three seasons.
To this point injuries have plagued the team since he has been the head coach, but in NFL injuries are not an excuse that will allow you to keep your job.
Losing newly acquired Left Guard John Sitton, and Center James Kilgore has really set this run game back, but not ruined it for the offense. Being 23rd in attempts, 22nd in yards, and 29th in running touchdowns.
A stat to give some light is the fact that the Dolphins running backs have 86 carries between Kenyan Drake, and Frank Gore but are 17th in yards per attempt, further showing that Gase needs to stick to the run game in order to get maximized production from the two backs, in order help a passing game that seems to be fading since the Patriots game.
Speaking of passing game, which is 32nd in attempts, and 28th in yards to this point has really looked like an aspect to the offense that has been spotty due to the weapons assembled around Tannehill.
Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, Danny Admendola, and Jakeem Grant have all done the jobs that they were brought in to do. At this point in the season none of which have shown the consistent ability of beating press coverage, and the Offense has suffered because of it.
Could things get that get better when Devante Parker gets back on the field? It seems the relationship between Gase, and injury prone Parker could be coming to an end soon, with the trade rumors every other week.
Season changing production from Parker would be a long shot.
Gase was forced to go down the yellow brick road with Brock Osweiler as his Quarterback, With Tannehill having an injury to his throwing shoulder, against a Bears with the 2nd ranked defense, and possible Defensive Player of the Year, Khalil Mack.
With all that, I’m sure we all knew how this was going to end right?
Would you believe me if I said it ended with a 31-28 overtime victory, down 11 points with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter?
Or some how Gase led Osweiler to a career day throwing for 380 yards, and completing 28 passes?
Albert Wilson just comes out and makes me eat my words by hauling in 6 catches for 155 yards and two touchdown that ultimately led to the victory.
I know you wouldn’t believe me if I said Gase let the fourth all-time leading rusher Frank Gore, use what’s left in his tree trunks for legs, and have 110-yard performance with 6.7 yards a pop, which in fact helped Brock have such an effective day.
Here’s the kicker that Defensive Player of the Year candidate Khalil Mack, finished with just two tackles, with a perfect plan by Gase to keep him in check.
At 4-2, the Miami Dolphins still are leading the AFC East, and actually believing in the “next man up” mentality that it takes to be a legit playoff team.
With the Detroit Lions led by a familiar foe in Matt Patricia, coming to Hard Rock Stadium next, Gase can make it out of his Wizard of Oz section of the schedule at 2-1, and take that bad taste of Gillette Stadium out of everyone’s mouth.
Strengthening his case that he is the man that can lead the Miami Dolphins franchise out of mediocrity.