But few coaches have been more candid regarding their teams' issues this season than Gase, who called 4-3 Miami's 32nd-ranked offense "garbage" earlier in the season and, following the Dolphins' second shutout defeat in four weeks last Thursday night in Baltimore, had this pointed criticism for his backs.
"We've got to stop trying to hit home runs all the time," Gase said. "How about take the 4 or 5 yards that we're going to get? It comes down to everybody doing their job."
Gase continued, perhaps foreshadowing Wednesday's stunning move that sent a back less than a full season removed from his breakthrough campaign to the NFL's only 7-1 club, which already ranked fourth in rushing, second in red zone offense and first in time of possession.
"I'm going to play the guys that know what to do," Gase said. "The fan base might not like it, but oh well. We're the worst offense in football. It's hard to go lower than that."
Ajayi, who had a trio of 200-yard rushing performances as part of his Year Two breakthrough in 2016, is currently averaging just 3.4 yards on 138 scoreless-totes for the only team in the NFL without a rushing touchdown.
Following the trade by Miami, who netted a fourth-rounder for a back the previous regime selected in Round 5 two years prior, look for the Dolphins to expand the roles of second-year speedster Kenyan Drake and 29-year-old journeyman Damien Williams.