DAVIE Stephone Anthony Jersey , Fla. (AP) — With the playoffs now out of reach, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says injuries sabotaged the season, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill never had a chance to be fairly evaluated.And does the head coach deserve to return in 2019?“I don’t need to lobby for my job,” Gase said Monday. “I’m not worried about that.”Gase said he hasn’t had any discussions regarding his future with team owner Stephen Ross, who faces decisions regarding possible offseason organizational changes in the wake of the Dolphins’ elimination from playoff contention. A dismal 17-7 loss at home Sunday to lowly Jacksonville ensured the team will again sit out the postseason.Ross has declined to say Gase will be back for a fourth season. Gase is 23-25 at Miami, including 7-8 this year after a 3-0 start.His biggest regret about 2018?“I wish everybody hadn’t gotten hurt,” Gase said. “That would have been nice.”The Dolphins lost 12 key players to season-ending injuries, including two top offensive linemen, their best run stopper and dynamic receivers Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant.“We lost good players,” Gase said. “There’s a reason we started 3-0 — because all those guys were there.”Tannehill missed five games with an injury to his throwing shoulder. And when he played, the offense was wildly inconsistent, fueling speculation Sunday’s season finale at Buffalo will be his last game with the Dolphins.Tannehill has never taken a snap in the postseason T.J. McDonald Jersey , but Gase continues to argue the seven-year veteran can be an elite quarterback with a better supporting cast.“Everybody is always going to blame the quarterback,” Gase said. “We just need everybody doing their job, and then you can really evaluate the quarterback. We haven’t had the consistency we need on offense to look at what Ryan is, really. Nobody helps him, and then he starts to try to do more than he should, and then that hurts him.”Such was the case Sunday, when Tannehill’s ill-advised pass under pressure in the fourth quarter was intercepted and returned for a touchdown that sealed the defeat.Tannehill said every position has contributed to the offensive inconsistencies.“Start with me and just go right down the line,” Tannehill said. “When you have that, it all stacks up and you’re not moving the ball. We have to be cleaner, every position, starting with me.”Tannehill and the other starters will assume their usual roles at Buffalo, Gase said. That’s a change from last year William Hayes Jersey , when the coach gave younger, inexperienced players tryouts in the meaningless finale.“I’m never going to do that again,” Gase said. “I’d rather go 8-8. We’re going to try to win the game.”Even with a victory, the Dolphins are assured of sitting out the playoffs for the 15th time in the past 17 seasons. They’ll finish at .500 or worse for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons.Statistics say that by winning seven games, the Dolphins have actually overachieved. They’re on the verge of several franchise records, none good.They’ve been outgained by 1,463 yards. The team record is 1,321 in 1967.They’re allowing 392 yards per game. The team record is 383 two years ago.They’ve allowed 3,717 net yards passing. The team record is 4,000 in 2015.On offense, total yardage will likely be the Dolphins’ lowest total since 2007. Net yards passing could be the lowest since 2003.The Dolphins rank 30th in the 32-team NFL on both offense and defense. They’ve never finished worse than 30th on offense or 29th on defense.But they’re 7-1 in one-score games. They’re 0-7 in games decided by 10 points or more, and have been outscored in those games 228-104.Those are the statistics of January spectators.“We share failures Akeem Spence Jersey , we share successes,” veteran defensive end Cameron Wake said. “It’s on everybody.” The weekend report that Dolphins V.P. of football operations Mike Tannenbaum is all but certain to be fired is if anything becoming more certain as Week 17 approaches. So if/when Tannenbaum goes, what happens next?At this point, no one knows. Chris Grier serves as the G.M., but he doesn’t have true G.M. powers. As Armando Salguero of the explained it over the weekend, coach Adam Gase holds the contractual final say over the team.Salguero also suggested that the Dolphins should offer Gase an extension and a raise, along with a reeling in of his authority. And that may become a necessity, given what the Dolphins could be planning for the future.Per a league source, Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton and Bills assistant G.M. Joe Schoen are among those who could be interviewed for a position in Miami, possibly for the same title Tannenbaum holds. But if Miami isn’t able to offer a new employee control over the football operation, the Vikings and Bills (and any other team with a current front-office employee under contract) would be able to block the process.That’s why the Dolphins need to wrest power from Gase, either voluntarily or involuntarily A.J. Derby Jersey , if the goal is to hire a high-level executive from another NFL franchise. And that gives Gase plenty of leverage over the team, since Gase sacrificing his say becomes the key both to keeping him and to adding a high-end candidate, regardless of whether the title is G.M. or V.P. of football operations.The wild-card in all of this becomes Grier. After the retirement of Ozzie Newsome, Grier will become the only minority G.M. left in the NFL, and there soon will be plenty of external pressure placed on the league both to rectify the situation and to not exacerbate it. The league could then turn that pressure toward the Dolphins, and the Dolphins may feel compelled to find a way to keep Grier, even if the new head of football operations (whatever the title) wants to hire his own staff.Looming over everything is the lingering belief that owner Stephen Ross would be interested in hiring Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Before hiring Harbaugh, however, Ross would have to: (1) fire Gase; (2) conduct an inclusive coaching search that satisfies the Rooney Rule; (3) work out compensation with the Ravens in the event Harbaugh is hired; and (4) negotiate a contract with Harbaugh. Absent deft and discreet back-channeling, Ross may have to pull the plug on a coach he’d otherwise prefer to keep and then hope that Harbaugh can eventually be landed.However it plays out, the expected termination of Tannenbaum will become the first in what ultimately could become a messy pile of dominoes that will land Lord knows where. Which basically summarizes the state of the Dolphins over most of the past decade.