What exactly is OC Clyde Christensen’s role in fixing Dolphins offense?

Clyde Christensen says a big part of his job is calming Adam Gase down. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—The Dolphins have an interesting setup on offense in which coach Adam Gase calls the plays during the game (a responsibility he’ll likely never relinquish) and has final say on all matters of offensive personnel, but coordinator Clyde Christensen has more experience by at least 20 years. Gase was a baby when Mississippi State hired Christensen as a graduate assistant in 1979.

The Miami offense is broken at the moment, after Miami managed six points over the last two weeks. Gase is the one charged with fixing it, but how exactly does Christensen factor into that project? He said today is job is to advise Gase and make things easier for him.

“My role, which I don’t think I’ve done very well is just keep giving him some ideas and kind of manage the things underneath him, talk through some things like how do we get this thing back on track, so he can focus on calling the game,” he said. “It’s the same as it’s always been, just to be a complement to him. It’s his show and I’m just dancing in it, but I’ve got to do a better job of giving him what he needs to dial it up.”

Christensen said the frustration level has risen throughout the facility after a 1-2 start and he’s seen it getting to Gase on the sideline. Part of his job is to steady Gase during those spots and steer him back toward his game plan.

“When there are so few snaps, it’s hard to get a rhythm,” Christensen said. “It’s hard to get to the things in your game plan that you want to. You start pressing. I do think that probably one of my responsibilities would be just to be a soothing voice, if you will, that you can’t get frustrated.

“All of us have tendencies – players and coaches – to say ‘I’ve got to make it happen. I’ve got to make this thing successful. I’ve got to call the perfect play. I’ve got to dial up the one that turns the whole thing around.’ At the end of the day, that’s a recipe for things getting worse. You’ve got to stay with it and we’ve just got to work our way through this thing.”

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