Here are some thoughts on what went wrong:
There was always a health issue with Gaffney this year. It’s a major reason why he was cut by the New England Patriots this summer and it factored into Miami’s decision. Miami worked out Gaffney in September but waited until October to sign him in order to allow Gaffney to get healthy. But Gaffney had knee issues once again and missed Miami’s last game against the Buffalo Bills.
It took an unusually long time for Gaffney to get up to speed. That was due to a combination of health and adjusting to Miami’s West Coast offense. I spoke to Gaffney in Miami’s locker room a few weeks ago and asked about his toughest adjustment with the Dolphins. He said it was getting used to learning the hand signals in the offense, because Miami runs a lot of no-huddle.
Finally, the production just wasn’t there. After waiting weeks for Gaffney to get healthy and up to speed, he didn’t produce. Gaffney caught just four receptions in three games. Backups Marlon Moore and emerging rookie Rishard Matthews also are improving, which made Gaffney expendable.