DAVIE – Through seven games, the Miami Dolphins’ offense has put up a meager 1,734 yards from scrimmage, which places them 31st out of 32 teams in the NFL. The Dolphins’ run game was their greatest strength last season, but there’s suddenly a paucity of production on the ground in Miami.
The Dolphins passing game is predicated on their run game but the Dolphins are currently averaging just 76.4 yards rushing per game on the ground. The offensive line’s inability to consistently generate a push up front, and Jay Ajayi’s subsequent lack of success prompted Gase to criticize the offense immediately following Thursday night’s game.
“[The offense is] inept. We’re not doing anything right now,” Gase said. “I’ll have to look at the film and kind of see where we’re going. When you play a game like that and get shut out again, you just have to start looking at if it’s one guy, multiple guys. It’s just one of those things, but we have to comb through it. … We just have to figure out what’s causing us to lose out on opportunities to give ourselves a chance to score points.”
After watching the film of Thursday night’s game, Gase surmised that many of his players on offense did not know the plays, which negatively impacted their ability to execute the offense.
“I don’t’ think it’s a retain information thing. It’s we’re not putting the work in. That’s what it comes down to. If you can’t remember it, you shouldn’t be in the NFL. At the end of the day, guys have to actually take this stuff home and study it. They’re not going to just learn it in meetings. We’ve got to find guys that will actually put forth effort to actually remember this stuff and really, it starts with our best players.
“Offensively, it’s a joke. We’ve got too many guys that don’t want to take it home with them. Until our best players actually put forth some effort, it’ll be sh__.”
The Dolphins will begin preparing for their Week 8 contest against the Oakland Raider on Tuesday in hopes of fixing their offensive woes. The players will have three days to rest and get their minds off of Thursday’s game, but Gase says the Dolphins’ pseudo bye week doesn’t necessarily come at the best time for the players.
“…It’s probably not a good time for anybody that’s not me. I’m pissed. I’m tired of this,” Gase said. “ I’m tired of the offense being awful. Guys need to get their heads right. The coaching staff needs to do a better job because obviously our players not knowing is a direct reflection on them.”
The Dolphins’ offense is struggling as a whole, and while Gase did name any singular player on the offense, he was not exactly complimentary of the running back position while speaking to the media on Friday.
“We’ve got to stop trying to hit home runs all the time. How about take the four or five yards that we’re going to get? It comes down to everybody doing their job. If we actually start doing that, it might help. It’s on the running back. Do your job. That’s what you’ve got to do. It’s not hard.”