What Adam Gase needs more than a corner, linebacker, or running back is time.
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One thing that winning organizations have is consistency in coaching and the time to build a successful team. New England, Seattle, Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Baltimore have all had time build great franchises without the pressure of winning immediately.
I have a problem with the statements from the Miami Dolphins front office that they are not in a rebuilding stage. When you look at the needs all over the place, the new coaching staff and new systems, I have a hard time believing they are anything but rebuilding. A team that is rebuilding has the time to put together a winning roster and develop the players that will make an impact on the team for the long run.
On the other side, a team with pressure to win immediately must make rash, short-term decisions that could hurt the franchise in the long run but possibly pay off right now. This is the kind of coaching and roster moves we have seen in the past few years out of the Miami Dolphins. Instead of taking time to develop a roster for the future, they have been the league’s leading spender in big money free agents. Instead of drafting and developing players that will be stars in the system or identity of the Dolphins, they have grabbed one or two individuals hoping they will elevate the play of the whole team.
I think the front office of the Dolphins have forgotten the old parable “There is no ‘I’ in Team.” One player doesn’t make the difference. That is the lie you tell ownership in order to make yourself look good, but when it doesn’t pay off you end up out the door in two to three years.
This Dolphins team needs time to evaluate talent, develop an identity, and grow into a team and not a group of individuals. Adam Gase needs the chance to make mistakes and learn from them. Building a great franchise for many years takes time. Stephen Ross needs to give him that time.
If the Dolphins truly want to succeed they will give Gase the opportunity to learn. He is a first year head coach and that transition does not come easy. He will be evaluating more than just the offense for the first time. He will need to learn how to manage an entire team and football game. All of these things have a learning curve involved.
The best thing that Stephen Ross can do for the Dolphins is to create continuity at the coaching position. Allow them to rebuild and become a new team under Gase. Allow him to choose his own players, even if that isn’t Ryan Tannehill. Otherwise you might as well start looking for the next coach now, because the Dolphins don’t look like a super bowl contender, they look like a project.
I want a great team that I can enjoy for years and not a promise of immediate success that never happens.
Give Adam Gase time and rebuild! Please!