Earlier today, it was announced that Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores will be bringing the entire coaching staff back next season, including offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
Gailey has become the main talking point among Dolphins fans who don’t believe his current play-calling will allow Tua to reach his full potential. There was a growing hope on Dolphins Twitter that the team would move on from Gailey this offseason, and find someone more fit to run an offense for the potential franchise QB they drafted 5th overall last season.
There were two games in which Tua was sent to the bench, and Ryan Fitzpatrick took over the quarterback duties to close out the game. In both of those instances, the playbook immediately opened back up and allowed Fitz to move the ball downfield, so why can’t that happen with Tua? Well, it starts with having a full offseason of work.
In 2021, Gailey and the rest of the Dolphins will (hopefully) have a full training camp and preseason to work some things out. Tua was a rookie quarterback coming off a hip injury that sidelined him for over a year, and with no preseason of training camp, he was still lead the Dolphins to a record over .500 in games he started; it's hard to believe a full offseason won’t help the kid.
I would also expect Gailey's offense to look a bit different next year. The Dolphins hold the number 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and there is a lot of talks about then landing the number one offensive line prospect, Oregon’s Penei Sewell, to go along with the three rookies who started the majority of this season. But that won’t be the end of the rebuild; I would expect the Dolphins to draft at least one RB and multiple WRs in a class that is loaded with talent at the position, in addition to signing one of the marquee free agent WRs available this year. This season saw a number of dropped passes from the Dolphins, and their number one target, Devante Parker, had trouble getting any separation all season.
When it is all said and done, the Dolphins will need to figure out how to improve on the offensive side of the ball. The defense proved themselves this season and should be back to an elite level next season; if Gailey can get this offense going, there’s nothing stopping Miami from making a run in the playoffs next season. Fins up.