By: Hussam Patel
Around this time last year Chad O’Shea was fired from the Offensive Coordinator position citing a confusing playbook for players to understand. Yesterday, per ESPN Chan Gailey was supposedly fired from the same position. Dolphins fans rejoiced until realizing it was a fake report from a fake Adam Schefter Twitter account. Chan Gailey was so bad that ESPN tried to fire Gailey for coach Flores. So no Fins fans, Gailey was not fired.
This leads me to the question, and you all will hate me for it. What if Chan Gailey does come back as the OC for the 2021 season?
What? No way his play calling is from the 1890s! He has a different playbook for Fitzpatrick and Tua! He doesn’t call the right plays for Tua. Yeah OK, I get it, we know. There are certainly speculations about different play calling for both QBs. Fitzpatrick is a tenured vet who has played in Gailey's system for over 10+ years. He’s expected to come back next season, Per the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson- “Fitzpatrick likely will be asked to return, but the 38-year-old has been non-committal about whether he wants to play next season”.
Both Gailey, Tua and lack of play-makers are to blame for the way the Offense ran with Tua on the field. The Cardinals game came to mind as Tua was absolutely cooking like James Harden in Iso. He had his guys in DeVante Parker, Preston Williams (before Injury in Arizona), Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin, and a Healthy OL. Against Kansas City Chiefs, Tua had Parker and Gesicki for half the game 4th and 5th string RBs two former QBs playing WR and key special teamers catching passes and almost mounted a comeback.
This begs the question, why is Chan Gailey not letting Tua be aggressive throwing the ball, why is there so much play action calls when there is no threat of a run game by the Dolphins and defenses don’t bite. Just let Tua do what Tua does best, let him Cook, see the defense on the field and throw the ball.
Chris Kouffman of 5 reason sports nails it in this thread
A veteran like Fitz, who’s been in Gailey's system ultimately knows where to throw the ball, who to throw the ball to, and what to do in specific situations. Ultimately because of his experience he can go through the right reads and sometimes make boneheaded decisions that bite the Dolphins (see Pats, Seahawks and Denver game), unlike Tua who has the worst game of his career in Buffalo.
This isn’t a knock on Tua, this is me saying he’s a rookie and makes mistakes- it’s expected of him to make rookie mistakes. Run the All-22 tape with former QB Jay Fiedler, he demonstrates shortcomings of Gailey and Tua’s reads in Denver.
With healthy players, regardless of who was in at QB, cooked against the Niners, Rams and Cardinals to name a few. Last 6 games was a patch work of 7th RD RBs, UDFAs and 3rd stringers. I think everyone knows what we need for Tua and the Offense to succeed if Chan Gailey comes back for 2021.
A full off-season where Tua is able to work on his reads, mechanics and knowledge of the playbook for him to call audibles as he is reading the defense properly. He was rehabbing last off-season coming off a major surgery. RBs that can run between the tackles and depth that is set, not a RB by committee like the past two years.
What’s laughable is that Jordan Howard, who was cut after Week 5 leads the Dolphins in rushing TDs. Instead of having Core special teamers, 7th RD picks and former QBs play heavy snaps at WRs, the Dolphins need WRs who have experience, can separate against defenders and gain yards after catch.
If Chan does not come back there are a couple of coaches that Brian Flores should have on his mind this off-season.
Yes that tweet was before we all realized ESPN ran a fake story.
Look out for our extended off-season coverage at PhinManiacs and as always Fins Up