Miami made headlines in Week 14 with its wild multiple-lateral play to beat New England as time expired. The play enabled the Dolphins to stay alive in the AFC wild-card chase.
|Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins before a game on December 23. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)GETTY|
Three weeks later, the Dolphins made headlines again, this time in a much different way.
In the wake of a season-ending three-game skid, they fired third-year coach Adam Gase, part of a house-cleaning that also saw the vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum reassigned to a non-football position within the organization. He reportedly won’t be with the organization much longer. Enter Brian Flores, currently the defensive coordinator for the Patriots but reportedly taking over as Miami’s head coach shortly after time expires in the Super Bowl. Also, general manager Chris Grier was promoted to fill Tannenbaum’s spot. Miami is bucking this year’s trend of hiring offensive gurus as head coaches.
There will be some tough calls, especially with defensive end Cameron Wake. Although he turned 36 on Jan. 30, the longtime Dolphin sackmeister still can get to the passer, recording six sacks in limited action in 2018. Wake has been with Miami since 2009, but maybe it is time for both sides to move on. As tough as it might be to part ways with such a fixture and team leader, an aging edge rusher isn’t a great fit on a team in rebuilding mode.