Can Adam Gase Maintain His Locker Room?

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins reacts during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins reacts during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The worse part of the Dolphins two game losing streak isn’t the fact that the Dolphins have only managed to score six points in two games, nor the fact that they were one time-out short of being shut out in back to back weeks.  The biggest and darkest cloud hovering around Adam Gase is if he can maintain his looker room.

Anyone that has ever played knows the importance of maintaining a looker room. The coach is the captain of the ship.  He knows everything and anything that is going on in his room.  Gase has two of his youngest and most powerful players on the brink of a mutiny, in my eyes, as Jarvis Landry and Jay Ajayi are about to create some organized chaos.

If I was Jarvis Landry, I would be pulling an Antonio Brown melt down in the locker room.  Landry has been robbed of touchdowns that would have helped a team that can’t seem to score.  Take a look back the Saints game, where the Dolphins were 1st and goal, Landry ran a zip fly in cut and beat the opposing cornerback by at least 4 steps and was wide open for the Dolphins to get a score, but instead of throwing to Landry, Cutler, decided to throw a lob fade pass to Julius Thomas that had tight man coverage and was ultimately picked off.


Anger growing….

Flashback to the Jets game, and with the Dolphins trailing in the 4th quarter, Landry was wide open.  He didn’t have a Jet defender any where close to him.  Landry makes a cut towards the end zone and now has a clear path to the end zone, but Cutler unlike the Saints play, actually say Landry, but instead of hitting him for 6, Cutler threw to the opposite direction in which Landry made the cut and the ball gracefully hit ground.

Anger rising…

Back to the Jets game once again, and with the game out of control, the Dolphins playing for moral victories, Landry was once again wide open, creating great separation between him and the opposing cornerback, but Cutler hit him too late, causing an incomplete pass.

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Three different instances where Landry understood the play, did what he was supposed to do, the quarterback  had the opportunity to make the play, and the head coach called a play that would have worked, but the result all rendered the same results – failure.

The blame here is not on Landry at all, who has done nothing but bleed aqua and teal since he became a Miami Dolphin.  Although Landry is looking for a new contract, he hasn’t made any negative comments to the media about his play or his team play, but how much can someone absorb before a Brandon Marshall or Antonio Brown or Terrell Owns break out dawns the Dolphins side line.

Landry isn’t the only one that is about to burst.  Jay Ajayi or the J-Trains hasn’t really left the station for the past two weeks.  Jay was hyped, like no one could image – being able to play in his home country, in front of his family and friends, basically being the face of the NFL in England, this was a game that he had marked on his calendar since the schedule was released.

The game plan should have been simple, feed Jay train all day until the wheels fall off.  However, the game didn’t plan out as he had hoped.  Jay was pulled from the game, when he wanted to be left on the field.  Add in the fact, that Jay had little to no room to run in two consecutive games.  The Dolphins have three first round picks on their offensive line, which hasn’t been able to produce for years now.  Another dimension missing from the game plan, are short bail out passes to the running backs in the flat.  Jay was open on at least 15 plays, but Cutler decided to throw to either a Wide Receiver or Tight End that once again led to a incompletion.

Sometimes it would be wise to take what the opposing team is giving you and the flats have been open for Jay to run wild against for the past two games.  2nd and 4 is so much better than 2nd and 10.

Anger boiling over…

Unlike Landry, Jay was visually upset on the sidelines and was found on camera with tears running through his eye after the London game.  One can only image the anger that Jay potentially kept inside, rather than unleashing to his coaches and his teammates.   The Dolphins have two young promising players, playing in their prime, wanting to succeed, but the game plan isn’t leading to their success.  At the end of the day, winning cures all and will suppress the anger for another week.  A loss, at home this upcoming week, will ensure those clouds become storms and the Dolphins and more importantly Adam Gase, will have another hurricane to deal with.