Dolphins fired OC Chad O'Shea because Patriots offense was too complex

Ruben Hill
May 22, 2020

O'Shea, a first-year offensive coordinator in 2019, was sacked one day after Miami's Week 17 contest. The article is worth a read for interested fans.

After the rebuilding Dolphins won five of their final nine games and knocked New England off in the season finale, Chad O'Shea's firing came as a relative shock.

After the regular season, Flores concluded he needed a more experienced and game-tested coordinator who would run an offense that would be easier for the players to learn, according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, Adam H. Beasley, and Armando Salguero.

Before joining the Dolphins - who feature one of the youngest rosters in the National Football League - O'Shea spent 10 seasons coaching New England Patriots receivers in an offense led by veteran quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots offense is considered complex, but a player said O'Shea made the situation worse by trying to install especially complicated, advanced elements of the Patriots offense that Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels used. The Dolphins' woeful play on both sides of the ball seemed to take well to Miami's coaching staff and prompted buy-in from numerous team's players, most of which will serve was the foundation of the roster in year two of the Brian Flores era in South Florida.

The Dolphins ended up hiring Chan Gailey as their offensive coordinator, and that's under whom rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will begin his pro career. You could also argue that he didn't have much talent to work with. Flores fired O'Shea on December 30 and hired Chan Gailey, who has 14 years of experience in the National Football League as a head coach and coordinator.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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