Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry questioning Adam Gase after Patriots loss
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is one of few bright spots on an offense that has been challenged by both the loss of their starting quarterback (Ryan Tannehill) and the guy that they signed to replace him (Jay Cutler), so when he speaks people have a tendency to listen.
That’s particularly true when you’re openly questioning your head coach after a loss. On Sunday, Landry did exactly that after a 35-17 defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots.
In the fourth quarter, a Landry catch that would have given the Dolphins a first down was ruled incomplete on the sidelines and the star wide receiver believed Adam Gase should have challenged the ruling on the field. That effectively ended the Dolphins’ chances of a comeback and Landry was notably upset after the game about the decision.
“I think we were in the position then where it really didn’t matter,” Landry said according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “We didn’t have s— to lose. Throw the flag and see what happens. Go from there. You know, we didn’t have anything to lose. We’re giving the ball up on our side of the field. Something that could potentially turn in our favor. Who knows? We didn’t have anything to lose. We should have just threw the flag.”
The soon-to-be 25-year-old (Nov. 28) has touchdown receptions in 6 of his last 8 games and is fourth in the NFL with 75 receptions. His 363 career receptions in his first 4 seasons are now 20 ahead of the next highest total in NFL history (Anquan Boldin) and he still has 5 games left to play.
All that to say, that he’s very obviously an important member of this franchise. So for him to voice his dissent so loudly is a pretty bad look for the organization.
Gase led the Dolphins to an 11-5 record in his first season and raced out to a 4-2 start in 2017 without Tannehill. However, the Dolphins have lost 5 straight games since with 4 of those losses coming by double-digits.
Given how Miami had overperformed prior to the losing streak under Gase, his job would certainly appear to be safe. However, vocal disbelief over a coach’s decision certainly paints a picture of a frustrated locker room and that’s never a good omen.