Chan Gailey resigns as Dolphins offensive coordinator

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Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said on Tuesday that he expects to have his entire coaching staff back for the 2021 season.

Flores was wrong. The Dolphins announced on Wednesday that offensive coordinator Gailey has resigned from his position.

The announcement comes a couple of days after ESPN reported that Gailey had been fired. They quickly retracted that report, which was based on a tweet from someone impersonating ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, but the end result is still that the Dolphins will need a new offensive coordinator.

“I want to thank Chan for all of his hard work and dedication in what was a unique year,” Flores said in a statement. “He played an important role on the staff and in the development of our young roster. I wish him all the best.”

Gailey’s succesor will be called on to maximize the potential of 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa as the quarterback heads into his second NFL season.

49 responses to “Chan Gailey resigns as Dolphins offensive coordinator

  1. Hate to see young qb’s having to learn a new offense each year, but this is for the better.

  2. Like I always say….when your defense allows 49 points to be scored against them, 28 of those points by 2nd & 3rd stringers….you really need to look at who is running your offense and get rid of him….

  3. I hope the dolphins hire adam gase to be the qb coach –i mean, peyton manning is a huge fan…

  4. “morbio115 says:
    January 6, 2021 at 9:22 am
    If miami stays with Tua better get a west coast offensive coordinator.”

    The smartest thing anyone said about Tua so far.

  5. Brian Daboll would be a top candidate but he’s currently working for the rival Bills developing Josh Allen and might even get a ring along the way. And he might even get a head coaching opportunity.

  6. We can state a west coast O oriented coach will help Tua but that Buffalo game exposed a very limited skill set. He gets another year but a team cannot afford to dig in on a QB who may not have a higher ceiling.

  7. Tua will be good, hopefully great. His problem is a lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline. Yes, I am an excuse maker and proud of it! I said the same things about Tannehill for years and even Josh Allen. I guess even Bills fans remember that Allen passed for less than 2100 yards with 10TD / 12INT in his first year. They got him a stable Oline and multiple weapons including Diggs and now look at him. Tua needs support, but that did not mean “Training Wheels” from a very bland and super conservative calls from Gailey. Good Riddance!

  8. Just remember everybody wanted Daboll fired in Buffalo last year and Buffalo added some legit weapons along with continued improvement from Allen and they have the best offense in the league right now. Daboll went from bum to hero.

    Tua will need weapons to be added this offseason or he will struggle no matter who Miami hires.

  9. This is silly. I’m not sure of the Dolphin strategy the last 4 months.

    1) Bring in Chan Gailey, an OC that has a track record (good, but not great – certainly not a young offensive mind) and who is familiar with Fitzpatrick

    2) Start Fitzpatrick

    3) Have a GREAT start with Fitzpatrick that puts you on track to make playoffs

    4) Bench Fitzpatrick to see what you have in Tua to evaluate the future (albeit, evaluating him IN CHAN GAILEYS OFFENSE)

    5) Not see much from Tua, CLEARLY worse that Fitz, bench him multiple times, lose playoff berth

    6) Say Tua is the future, fire/blame Chan Gailey?????

    I’m not saying Chan Gailey is the solutions here, but what was the point of this evaluation of Tua? They clearly didn’t believe their eyes, unless this is all an act to Maximize Tua trade value. By doing all this, they smoked their playoff berth (sorry Miami fans), put bad film on of Tua, and still stuck by him.

    This approach to this season was botched.

  10. The way the defense played last game against backups, the OC will need to somehow get the team to score 60 points per game!

  11. “This approach to this season was botched.”
    ________

    I agree that Gailey’s offense may not have been the best one for Tua but I give them credit for at least having an original approach. I find it rather bizarre how most teams handle rookie QBs where there is simply no in-between and they’re either playing every single snap until they get hurt/become a star/bomb out of the league OR holding a clipboard full-time. Flores wasn’t afraid to pull Tua at times which is how every other position is handled but somehow is seen as taboo with quarterbacks.

  12. Good guy, time to retire. Need a young, sharp mind to work with Tua. Also – Miami needs to grab Devonta 2 #3 for Tua.

  13. Yep, that GREAT 3-3 start with Fitz really got botched when Tua came in and the team went 6-3 in his starts. A lot of people are commenting on Tua who only watched the Bills game. Newsflash for you – the Bills are legit SB contenders. Dolphins have only two guys who would start for Buffalo, X Howard and Sanders the kicker.

    The preseason wins over/under on Miami was 5.5. The talent isn’t great and everybody knew that. They still won 10 games and missed the playoffs only because Pittsburgh had no bye week to play for. So now we change the OC. Last year we changed OC and DC and both units got better. Talent matters.

    The five year rebuild is a year ahead of schedule. Thank you Bill O’Brien, Dolphins fans love you right now. See all you haters next season.

  14. Like I stated in one of my posts. Chan Gailey would depart from the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s the correct move for Gailey who came out of retirement to be the Dolphins Offensive Coordinator. Chan retiring is best for the Dolphins! Brian Flores was not wrong. He was just being respectful to the friend and colleague making it look like Chan left on his own terms. However in all fairness to Chan when receivers can’t create separation the OC looks bad!

  15. “3) Have a GREAT start with Fitzpatrick that puts you on track to make playoffs”
    That is a stretch. Miami was given a 14% chance of getting into the playoffs after week 6. Fitz was ranked 21/38 QB in passing grade. His passer rating ranked 17/38.
    A 3-3 team is headed to an 8-8 season which usually does not mean playoffs. And that was the reason why Tua was given a chance. If the Dolphins had one more win or Fitz had played like a top 10 QB the switch would not have been made.

  16. unknownvikingfan says:
    January 6, 2021 at 10:35 am
    Let’s get him in MN to improve the Vikings!

    ——–

    Does he also coach defense?

  17. laxcoach37 says:

    Tua will be good, hopefully great. His problem is a lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline. Yes, I am an excuse maker and proud of it! I said the same things about Tannehill for years and even Josh Allen. I guess even Bills fans remember that Allen passed for less than 2100 yards with 10TD / 12INT in his first year. They got him a stable Oline and multiple weapons including Diggs and now look at him. Tua needs support, but that did not mean “Training Wheels” from a very bland and super conservative calls from Gailey. Good Riddance!

    ———————————————————
    Maybe the calls were “very bland and super conservative” because, in your words, “lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline.” It’s funny how you excuse Tua’s mediocre play because of “lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline”, but Gailey doesn’t get the same consideration. Or was Chan using a different Oline and had much better weapons at his disposal than Tua?

  18. Tua will be good, hopefully great. His problem is a lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline. Yes, I am an excuse maker and proud of it! I said the same things about Tannehill for years and even Josh Allen. I guess even Bills fans remember that Allen passed for less than 2100 yards with 10TD / 12INT in his first year. They got him a stable Oline and multiple weapons including Diggs and now look at him. Tua needs support, but that did not mean “Training Wheels” from a very bland and super conservative calls from Gailey. Good Riddance!

    Nice try. Allen was drafted with the expectation to sit a year. Circumstances dictated otherwise. Allen had to work his butt off to get to where he is. Tua was “more pro ready”. Those stats you posted about Allen were the stats of a guy who had all the potential in the world but no coaching. Tua was spoon fed into being a hype machine and Miami bought it. Should have drafted Herbert instead. Tua will
    Never amount to anything if he doesn’t have the drive to be great snd while Allen did struggle and it was not the intention to play in in ‘18, bc if his work ethic and desire to be great, he saw what he needed work and and is perhaps the greatest example ever of a qb saying “screw you” to the scouting reports and becoming everything they said he couldn’t be.

  19. “I find it rather bizarre how most teams handle rookie QBs where there is simply no in-between and they’re either playing every single snap until they get hurt/become a star/bomb out of the league OR holding a clipboard full-time”

    ———————–

    That’s not the illogical part. Its starting Fitz until you have a playoff berth in hand, then tanking it for “evaluation”, then not trusting what the evaluation told you.

    The defense looking back against Bills backups was probably a team deflated by poor management. I like Flores, but the veterans on that team have to be PISSED they didn’t make the playoffs, and for what, exactly?

  20. Oh, so he wasn’t fired, he was given the opportunity to “resign”.

    That’s a huge difference.

  21. You knew Florez was going to keep him on a short leash. Focused and driven coach not looking to waste time.

  22. Everybody crapped on them for hiring Chan’s fossil but I thought he did well over there. Both QBs had success and their offense wasn’t the problem here. Wonder what happened behind the scenes.

  23. Brian Flores is having a lot of success but this is so weird. They had O’Shea, who was starting to perform well at the end of last season. Fire him. Draft Tua and hire Chan. Then all this QB back and forth, a leaked report that he’s fired and then he’s not. And now he resigns…

    Flores seems good but this is very odd.

  24. blahblah5528 says:
    January 6, 2021 at 11:02 am
    Yep, that GREAT 3-3 start with Fitz really got botched when Tua came in and the team went 6-3 in his starts. A lot of people are commenting on Tua who only watched the Bills game. Newsflash for you – the Bills are legit SB contenders. Dolphins have only two guys who would start for Buffalo, X Howard and Sanders the kicker.

    The preseason wins over/under on Miami was 5.5. The talent isn’t great and everybody knew that. They still won 10 games and missed the playoffs only because Pittsburgh had no bye week to play for. So now we change the OC. Last year we changed OC and DC and both units got better. Talent matters.

    The five year rebuild is a year ahead of schedule. Thank you Bill O’Brien, Dolphins fans love you right now. See all you haters next season
    —————————-
    The Dolphins didn’t make playoffs because they weren’t a top 7 team. Nothing to do with Steelers.

  25. directdriver says:
    January 6, 2021 at 10:06 am
    Brian Daboll would be a top candidate but he’s currently working for the rival Bills developing Josh Allen and might even get a ring along the way. And he might even get a head coaching opportunity.
    ————

    He has already been their OC and that staff was fired. Unlikely to say the least

  26. jjackwagon says:
    January 6, 2021 at 10:09 am
    Does he think he is a candidate for a HC job? Chan…that ship has sailed on you buddy.
    —-

    I think he realizes that he is 70 years old and 16 hour work days can be a bit much.

  27. polk40 says:
    January 6, 2021 at 11:27 am
    laxcoach37 says:

    Tua will be good, hopefully great. His problem is a lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline. Yes, I am an excuse maker and proud of it! I said the same things about Tannehill for years and even Josh Allen. I guess even Bills fans remember that Allen passed for less than 2100 yards with 10TD / 12INT in his first year. They got him a stable Oline and multiple weapons including Diggs and now look at him. Tua needs support, but that did not mean “Training Wheels” from a very bland and super conservative calls from Gailey. Good Riddance!

    ———————————————————
    Maybe the calls were “very bland and super conservative” because, in your words, “lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline.” It’s funny how you excuse Tua’s mediocre play because of “lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline”, but Gailey doesn’t get the same consideration. Or was Chan using a different Oline and had much better weapons at his disposal than Tua?
    _______________________________________________________________

    Obviously, you either do not understand the game or pay close enough attention to the Dolphins games. When they ran roll-outs, waggles, spread formation and misdirection, Tua was more successful. When they went to Up tempo he nearly doubled his production. Gailey & Tua were limited with weapons especially if they kept dropping passes or falling down. However, to your point Tua is a rookie with no pre-season… Gailey is a veteran with decades of experience. Gailey was able to run successful series and then abandoned those plays. I have been a Coach more many years and I will never understand not running the same play until it is stopped. Heck, the Ravens do it all time. BTW- as PROMICKEY says, Gailey was not staying on anyway. I trust Flores and know he will improve this team either way.

  28. This is great!! Now draft some offensive playmakers and get a young progressive coach to use Tua’s strengths.

  29. laxcoach37 says:
    January 6, 2021 at 10:08 am
    Tua will be good, hopefully great. His problem is a lack of weapons and a nearly terrible Oline.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Fitz didn’t seem to have a problem with the same line and playmakers.

  30. Knowing your O-line was marginally better then the FL state Highschool champions, why would you put Tua out there? For his sake, I hope he doesn’t go the way of RG3 after the knee reconstruction.

  31. #3 pick get Devonta Smith. Another WR and RB in the 2nd and 3rd round. Pick up a good WR in free agency. If Devonte Parker is 3rd option, this offense would kill it.

  32. Fitzpatrick lost to the same Buffalo team early in the year. Buffalo is a stacked team that is playing its best football right now and Fitzpatrick wouldn’t have made a difference if he started the last game. Miami looked overwhelmed from the beginning of the game.

  33. Funny to see people referring to Brian Dabol as a genius or something. He was the OC for Miami already once under Tony Sporano back in 2011 and did a good job for the talent they had. Coaches are only as good as the Qb play and look at all the so called great coaches and who their qb’s were. Fact, check it out.

  34. I’m going to go out on a limb here!

    Last year I think Gailey wanted Herbert and I think I remember seeing that he’s related to him or something.
    Anyway I believe he wanted Herbert to run his offense and the team went with Tua. Herbert tore it up and Tua is struggling to get the simplest things going in the NFL like throwing the ball where the blitz comes from. San Diego fired its coach,I’m thinking Gailey is going to try to get the same job in San Diego.

  35. Get the kid some weapons!!! Parker is a 50/50 guy he is not going to create separation, you need to build trust with a WR like that. That takes time. I like in St. Louis when we had the “Greatest Show on Turf” with Warner, Bruce, and Holt. I remember a story Warner shared when he went to Arizona with Fitzgerald and Bolden. He talked about how he had to learn that being “open” in Arizona with Fitz and Bolden was different than Bruce and Holt. Tua will be fine if we can get him at least one WR that can create separation. Having Preston and Parker is okay if you have a slot like a Smith that can get open. Personally, I think you need to two WR that can create separation from CBs because then you can dictate the defense being played against you. In addition, you need a run game. I like Gaskins, but I need a RB that can just fall forward for 3 to 4 yards. But lets be real, Chan didn’t call a great game, there were too many times when we were in the red zone, and we ran the ball when we should have passed it, and vice versa. Too many 3 an outs on offense, an OC should be able to scheme a 1st down and we didn’t when we needed to. We need a forward thinking OC. I hope we can find one… I wouldn’t be oppose to Mike Martz as long as you make sure that he don’t leave Tua in harms way like he did Warner and Bulger. In any event, we have the 3rd and 18th pick in the draft along with the 35th and 50th picks, we should be able to find some weapons with those picks to help Tua and this offense

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