As you may have heard, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase has been firing coaches left and right over the past week. Former running backs coach Danny Barrett was the first to go, followed by defensive line coach Terrell Williams. Miami has granted the Oakland Raiders permission to interview offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and reassigned offensive-coordinator-in-name-only Clyde Christensen, to make room for former Bears castoff Dowell ‘Loghead’ Loggains. This week, just for good measure, Gase gave head athletic trainer Ryan Grove his walking papers. Before joining the Dolphins’ staff a few years ago, Grove spent eighteen years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was part of a Pittsburgh coaching staff that went to three Super Bowls, winning two of them. So much for having a championship pedigree on the sidelines.
The question that begs to be asked at this point is, just who does Gase intend to hire to fill all of these positions, especially this late in the hiring and firing process, when most of the top coaches around the league that were available have already changed teams? Does he plan on hiring yet more cast-offs from his former teams, or will he hire some of his buddies from the old neighborhood, who are no longer interested in coaching their sons’ little league games on the weekends?
Call me crazy, but I can’t help but wonder if New England’s head coach and quarterback combo, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, won’t just opt to ride off into the sunset at the conclusion of this postseason, particularly if that conclusion comes, as many expect, on the podium at Super Bowl 52’s postgame press conference at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, as NFL champions for a record (by the same head coach and quarterback) sixth time. Belichick will be 66 in April and Brady turns 41 in August. If they end up winning two straight championships, and three of the past four, they really wouldn’t have a whole lot left to prove, and even the seemingly superhuman Brady presumably won’t be able to continue playing at a ridiculously high level forever. Rarely are NFL players or coaches able to leave the game on their own terms, but yet another title before riding off into the sunset could prove too enticing for this history shredding duo to resist.