Dolphins bash continues with latest betting odds involving Adam Gase

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Head Coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins looks at the field during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills on December 17, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Head Coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins looks at the field during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills on December 17, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

The national media has bashed the Dolphins all off-season, predicting that they will be one of the worst teams in the 2018-2019 season. Adam Gase projected as one of the top two head coaches most likely to be fired is further proof of that.

Quite a few Miami Dolphins fans have been pretty happy with the moves that they’ve made this off-season, including their selections in the 2018 NFL Draft. Even those in the local media would have to admit that even if they don’t have that clear-cut star, they’ve done well to add significant depth across the board. Depth has been an issue for the Dolphins in the past, particularly when a season-ending injury to a marquee player occurs.

Miami had a significant amount of season-ending injuries even before Week 1 of the 2017 season. The most importantly, obviously, having to be the loss of Ryan Tannehill in practice a month before the season started. That motivated the Dolphins to go out and sign Jay Cutler, in hopes that he could salivate the season. Clearly that backfired, but Miami did still manage to win six games with Cutler as their starter.

For 2018, Miami is getting a healthy Tannehill back, along with Raekwon McMillan and Tony Lippett, among others. McMillan was forced to sit out his rookie season with a torn ACL, but he showed a lot of promise in training camp as the Dolphins second-round pick prior to his injury. During his time in Miami, Lippett has only been getting better, and he now will fit back in with what is starting to look like a very solid secondary for the Dolphins.

Miami has also added some players to improve their offensive line, made a trade for a Pro Bowl defensive end in Robert Quinn, and inked a couple of solid slot receivers. None of that matters, however, in the eyes of the national media.

All they care about is who the Dolphins lost – Ndamukong Suh, Jarvis Landry, and Mike Pouncey. Now Pouncey hasn’t been the first-round caliber player that he once was in a few seasons, and has been plagued with injuries, but for a media that has paid little attention to Miami will sure act as though they know what they’re talking about, and try to convince us that he’s near irreplaceable.

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Trading Landry was Miami’s biggest dramatic off-season move, and it comes to no surprise since Landry was, arguably, the Dolphins most dramatic player. As good as he is though, I think Miami did well in signing Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola in place of their slot position.

Admittedly, Suh has to be Miami’s biggest loss this off-season. Although he may not be worth the $22 million that was scheduled to come his way, he was still a phenomenal player at a position that will be tough to fill. Time will tell if the Dolphins defensive tackles can help fill the void.

The truth is though, Miami was a playoff team two seasons ago, and had all the makings for a return last season before the injury bug caught them early. When looking at the team they have now, they very well could vie for another playoff run. No one outside of Florida, however, seems willing to give them a chance.

All of the way-too-early mock drafts seem to have the Dolphins selecting in the top 5, indicating it will be a long season. Even when the odds of who will win the Super Bowl came out, the Browns, the team that has won just one game in the past two seasons, were given better odds to win it all than Miami. Now, I understand that the Dolphins aren’t exactly built yet to contend for a Super Bowl, and that the Browns do look better on paper, but come on.

When you thought that the Dolphins couldn’t get bashed any further, it did indeed earlier in the week. The Vegas odds of which coaches were likely to be fired following the end of the season came out this week, and Adam Gase is second on the list as the most likely. Only Hue Jackson of the Browns is ahead of Gase on the list.

While it’s not surprising to see Gase on the list since the chatter has begun, it’s pretty absurd where he’s placed considering some of the guys behind him. Marvin Lewis of the Bengals, who has had every second chance in the book, sits behind Gase at number three tied with Vance Joseph of the Broncos. Other notable coaches behind Gase on the list are Todd Bowles of the Jets and Jason Garrett of the Cowboys. Both of them have been on thin ice for some time now, so it’s puzzling to see how they could have a better opportunity of keeping their jobs over Gase.

Of course, if the national media is correct, and the Dolphins do have another disappointing season then the talks of Gase hitting the road will stir up. If Miami did pull the trigger in getting rid of him I would think they would need to do the same with Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier. The Dolphins have made the mistake too often in the past of forcing relationships between general managers and head coaches.

If Miami is going to fire personnel, they’re going to need to start from scratch this time around. Hire the general manager that you want, and allow that person to hire the head coach that they want. Personally, while I can see that the hot seat for Gase is there, I think right now it’s more lukewarm than anything. I would predict his job would be more in jeopardy following the 2019 season if things don’t start improving.