Why the Dolphins fired former Patriots coach Chad O'Shea as offensive coordinator

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98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

More information has come out on the Miami Dolphins' decision to fire offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, and it relates to his time as the wide receivers coach for the New England Patriots.

According to a new story in the Miami Herald by Barry Jackson, Adam Beasley, and Armando Salguero, the Dolphins dismissed O'Shea because he was trying to install too complex of an offense for the Dolphins' inexperienced roster and did an unsatisfactory job teaching it.

One Dolphins player said that O'Shea "made the situation worse by trying to install especially complicated, advanced elements of the Patriots offense that Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels used." Another player said that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took a more active role running the offense due to O'Shea's inexperience as OC.

The Dolphins decided to add more experience at OC. Flores fired O'Shea on Dec. 30 and hired Chan Gailey, who has 14 years of experience in the NFL as a head coach and coordinator.

O'Shea eventually landed with the Cleveland Browns as their new wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

The report notes that O'Shea's firing was "surprising at the time", since the Dolphins averaged 25.4 points per game in the second half of the 2019 season.

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