2018 Make Or Break Change For Gase Must Be Discipline
The Level of Miami’s discipline will determine if Gase is a quality H.C. or not
The Miami Dolphins laundry list of what ‘needs fixin’ is long: Offensive Line, a bumbling secondary, Tightend situation–or lack thereof, talent evaluation, Running Back, Quarterback, Linebacker, and play calls and scheming.
And what’s worse, there’s probably some I missed, ta’ boot.
For now though, put all these issues on the back burner. The most crucial aspect that must be established, and the foundation for a successful Miami team must be superior discipline, mental toughness and smarts.
Problem is, the Dolphins need a Head Coach that can instill this.
I’m not saying Adam Gase can or can’t.
What I am saying is, in 2017 he didn’t… not even close, because the Dolphins were inept this year. This is THE most disappointing failing to me this season.
A few things struck me wrong about just this week… other than the loss.
- Gase sitting on the bench for quite a while in a crucial stretch when the defense was on the field, ‘drawing up plays’.
- Landry openly criticizing Gase in public about not throwing the Red Flag for a challenge… especially when it was obvious that it would be overturned.
- Gase softening up his stance and stating the team was ‘trying’.
- Sounding happy that they had eliminated presnap penalties, even though they had one player ejected from the game and committed 6 penalties.
Discipline is the key to success in anything… especially in football
Remember when Gase made the rule that ‘kneeling players should stay in the tunnel’, and then the following week players were kneeling on the field? Regardless of what your stance on kneeling is, the fact that Gase made a rule and reversed it a week later means the following: Gase didn’t consider his edict with deep enough thought, was usurped by his players will, or was overruled by the owner.
None of these options are comforting that Gase is in control.
Most Fin Fans know of the Fake Spike, whether they watched the game or not. But what is sometimes forgotten is that the great moment came about by what happened just prior to the play. The clip below offers so much insight, but just focus on what and who Gase must be in order to get the Fins on track by watching Coach.
Miami was in a hole early. Yet, through quality leadership that controlled the team’s leader seeking to challenge authority, they made high percentage football decisions, played smart, low penalty football, and put themselves in position to win, despite the many, many flaws in talent.
Do you remember how much pride Shula took in being the least penalized team in the league?
Team’s that lack discipline, even if very talented, never win Superbowls
Yes, it helped a whole lot to have Dan Marino … man do I miss #13. But Shula took Woodley / Strock QB to the Superbowl as well with the same formula. Whatever the talent, or lack of talent, Shula had disciplined teams and made quality decisions based on high percentage football. Over the long haul that paid off.
True, the game has changed a bit. Belichick’s early fake punt wouldn’t be a soup de jour of Shula. But the ‘Cheat’–like Shula did– has iron fisted rule, makes mostly high-percentage,smart football decisions, and has his teams in the top 10 least penalized team’s year in and year out. Both used the skill of ‘out patiencing’ other teams, who because of desperation and lack of mental strength, beat themselves.
It’s not flashy, but this tried and true effect is accounted for by every football betting software site when they set the odds.
Could you imagine anyone on the Patriots criticizing Belichick’s decision to challenge or not to challenge without consequence? Nope.
And no one ever challenged Shula either without consequence… till the year he ‘quit’.
The problem that Gase faces is that it’s far easier to install discipline, rather than reel it back in once you let it go. Now that the season has been thrown to the wolves without any–zero–positives to go into 2018, Gase must now also fight the issues of a perceived lame duck H.C. as well, should trouble start early next season. Can Gase remake his own image and nature to fix this team’s failings? I don’t know. But I sure do hope so. Go Fins!!!