The speculation began. Then it ended the next day.
The spotlight was on two people; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
During Gase’s post-game press conference, the fire alarm went off, that might have been the sign of what was to come.
Rookie first-round draft picks Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds did not play like rookies moreover illustrated to Buffalo Bills fans the team is heading in the right direction. The young players led the Bills to a 42-17 rout over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Allen had a career-best three touchdown passes and scored two more rushing, while Edmunds had a one-handed interception and added a sack. They put the finishing touches on a 6-10 season in which the rebuilding Bills won four of their final seven games.
Allen’s eight rushing touchdowns this season were the second-most by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Cam Newton had 14 in 2011. Robert Griffin III, in 2012, and Vince Young, in 2006, each scored seven.
With 630 yards rushing in just 11 starts, Allen topped the single-season team record for yards rushing by a quarterback. Tyrod Taylor had 580 yards two years ago.
Dolphins finished the season with one more win however on a three-game losing streak, Miami’s last win, the “Miami Miracle ” over the New England Patriots.
Miami’s defense allowed 381 yards to finish the season with a franchise-worst 6,257 yards allowed. Its previous worst was 6,122, set in 2016. The offense ranked in the bottom three in most categories, they finished the season 7-9.
I’m not even thinking about that right now because we just got drummed on the road,” Gase
While wearing his baseball cap pulled low over his eyes, Gase addressed the media with unease regarding his future in Miami. Questions were also raised about the future of Tannehill remaining the starting quarterback for the Dolphins in the future.
Tannehill finished 18 of 31 for 147 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble.
It is a tough way to end the season.
Dolphins Team owner Stephen Ross flew in from Hawaii to be in Buffalo declined to speak to the media.
Everyone associated with the Dolphins franchise would treat the last loss of the season as an embarrassing loss.
Whatever I may write about the Dolphins, I root for the organization and its staff.
It has been a disappointing season; besides, I expected the team to make the playoffs.
The Dolphins team did not live up to its potential, and you can’t deny there were tons of injuries.
On the other hand, making changes does not make you better. Continuity is important. If you keep changing people in three and four years, you don’t go anywhere.
Back to that fire alarm going off during Gase’s press conference.
Dolphins fired Gase after three seasons and will begin a search to find the franchise’s fourth full-time coach this decade, the team announced Monday.
The Dolphins also promoted general manager Chris Grier to oversee football operations and reassigned Mike Tannenbaum, who had been executive vice president of football operations, within the organization.
“We’ve succeeded in everything except winning on the football field,” Ross said. “Today, we’re no further along than when I bought the team.”
Gase finished 23-25, with his lone playoff game being a wild-card loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016. Miami was 7-9 this season.
The Dolphins, after firing Gase, will be looking to hire their 10th head coach since the 2000 season.