Will Le'Veon Bell be the next player to thrive without Adam Gase?

Will Le'Veon Bell be the next player to thrive without Adam Gase?

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Will Le'Veon Bell be the next player to thrive without Adam Gase?

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RB Kenyan Drake, Cardinals

(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Drake’s 2020 season isn’t nearly as good as the second half of his 2019 season, but he’s still been a better running back without Gase. In three seasons with Gase, Drake averaged eight touches and 44.2 yards per game with only nine touchdowns. But in 19 games without Gase, Drake’s averages almost doubled to 16.3 touches per game, 78.8 total yards per game and 10 total touchdowns. Those numbers are inflated a bit by Drake’s impressive eight-game stretch with the Cardinals last year after the Dolphins traded him, but that is actually an even greater indictment on Gase and the Dolphins organization he left behind.

Though Drake’s efficiency has dropped a bit in 2020 so far – he’s averaged just 3.7 yards per attempt, which would be a career-low – he still showed he can take on a bigger offensive role, something Gase refused to do in Miami. Gase gave Frank Gore more work in 2018 after Drake took over late in 2017 following the Jay Ajayi trade.

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