Every three to four years it seems we go through this cycle, almost like a leap year. And now, right on cue, here go again.
Adam Gase and Mark Richt are both in their third year as head coach for their respective Miami teams, and both are now being questioned as to how much longer they should have to make their teams into winners. To most, the philosophy has been that if things are not improving after year 3, then it’s time to move on. That goes for coaches, quarterbacks, and so on. And all though there have been signs of improvement for both teams during different times of their tenures, the fact remains that the Dolphins currently sit at 4-4 and the Hurricanes an extremely disappointing 5-3.
The question is, is it fair to blame both coaches for the current mess they find themselves in? There are different circumstances surrounding each situation. But they do have one thing in common, QB issues. The Hurricanes can’t seem to find the right guy between a mediocre veteran in Malik Rosier and a not so ready redshirt freshman in N’Kosi Perry. While for Gase and the Dolphins, Tannehill has now missed three games due to his shoulder injury.
The argument for Gase coming into this season was that he never really truly had a chance to run his system with his QB. In year one when they made the playoffs, that was due to catching lightning in a bottle with Jay Ajayi. Gase ran the ball out of necessity, not because it was part of his system. Just so happens it worked out. Then, of course, we all know about the Jay Cutler debacle last year.
But this year was supposed to be different, it was a fresh start with a healthy Tannehill. He finally had the opportunity to run his offense. It initially looked like Gase was proving us wrong in those first 3 weeks, but then the Pats and Bengals games happened and Tanny got injured. And now here we are again.
As for the Miami Hurricanes, it feels like it is a healthy mix of bad QB play and poor coaching. That loss at Virginia never should have happened. And then you saw how the team responded at Boston College. That right there, that is coaching. Yes, Malik is awful, this is true, and it definitely does not help Richt’s cause. But he is the head coach, and the fact of the matter is that’s where the onus lies. Fair or not, it starts at the top. And the same can be said for Adam Gase. Especially with his play calling. Ugh.
All that being said, let’s end where we began. With the question of “how long?” How much time do both guys deserve when it comes to righting the ship so to speak. I think the answer is different in these situations. For Gase, if this Dolphins team goes 8-8 and misses the playoffs again, then get this guy outta here. Gone, goodbye. No more chances and no more time for Adam Gase. Time to move on…unless he can get things straightened out in this back half of the season…during the toughest part of their schedule.
For Richt, give it another year. I know the Hurricanes are out of any type of meaningful contention for the most part, but give him another year to develop these young quarterbacks and recruits that he has brought in and see how it plays out. But the same can be said for him, after year 4, if things don’t change. then it’s bye bye Richt.
Just like a leap year, here we go again.