DAVIE — Receiver Kenny Stills has a suggestion for getting the Dolphins’ offense in gear.
And it starts with coach Adam Gase getting in quarterback Jay Cutler’s ear — quickly.
“Honestly, we’ve just got to get the plays in faster,” Stills said. “Coach Gase will love hearing me say that, but the faster we get them in, the faster we can get on the ball and get things going.”
The Dolphins had 336 total yards in the 19-17 opening victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Ever since, Gase has blamed his own play-calling for holding the offense back, especially in the second quarter. The Dolphins scored 16 points in the second half.
“I think we’re improving,” offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. “One of the big stress things that we started again this week is you don’t just turn that on. It’s an experience thing. One of our key points this week it was listening – listening to the quarterback, being able to hear his voice, know when he gives you a formation, know when he gives you a play. I think that’s a work in progress. We were faster.”
Like Stills, Christensen saw room for improvement, but in different ways.
“We’ve got to hear the quarterback,” Christensen said. “We’re asking too many questions of him. We’ve got to get lined up a little bit quicker. I think it’s a knack. We did it for a lot of years at that old spot (Indianapolis) and you just kind of get … You have to learn your quarterback. When does he give you a signal? When does he slip you a little signal behind his back? When does he give you a formation? Which way does he say it first? Help your buddy who is coming back to the line of scrimmage, ‘Hey, hey, we’re over here, we’re over here.’ ”
Christensen heard Gase take responsibility at halftime of the Chargers game.
“He told me, ‘I didn’t get us into a rhythm in the first half,’ ” Christensen said. “That’s the job of a play-caller. It isn’t to get guys 40 yards open, but just to get your offense in a rhythm.”