Right From The Horse’s Mouth: Gase Speaks
Gase has been honest, forthright, and intelligent every step of the way
Coach Adam Gase met with the Media recently for an interview. And I have to say, that the more I hear him speak, the more I have to like this guy.
Gase is a straight shooter that doesn’t sugar coat things. He also portrays a self-confidence and passion that we have not seen form a Miami Dolphins Head Coach in a very long time. In addition, he stands up for his players and treats them as if they were family.
During the interview, Coach touched on a variety of subjects. In an earlier article, we mentioned that the possible negative outcome from paying all these large, guaranteed contracts was the chance that the players may not play up to the same level. This will test the love of money in a contract year, compared to loyalty and character after a contract year.
Coach said he understood the risk. However, he said each of these players that the Dolphins paid to keep were ‘there type of guys’. Gase insisted that these players were in it for the right reasons: love for the organization, coaching staff, teammates, and football. And that was the template he wanted and the template for Playoff success.
The Dolphins have become a new team under Gase
Gase also spoke about the Offensive line and wasn’t too worried about it. He believes that Laremy Tunsil is a special player and will excel at his more natural Left Tackle position. Interestingly, he felt Jermon Bushrod was our second best Offensive lineman with the first being Mike Pouncey. Gase thought Bushrod played very well–even though he was battling injuries and playing a position that he has never played before. He insisted that Bushrod will be much more comfortable playing Guard next season. Bushrod will be treated more like a veteran in 2017 and will not have as many reps in practice. This should keep him fresher throughout the season.
Gase also believes that Pouncey will finally be at full strength next season, and his presence alone will be a big plus for the entire offensive line unit. Lastly, he said that the Dolphins signed Larsen, because they had heard a lot of good things from other coaches and friends around the league about him. From everything he learned, Gase felt Larsen would be a good fit since he has played in the same offensive scheme before that Miami uses.
Gase has earned enough credibility to trust his vision for 2017
Gase also said that he likes the pieces added on defense: Lawrence Timmons, Hayes, and Allen. He said Timmons adds speed and leadership to the defense and Hayes is very good against the run, and should help that department. In terms of Allen, he started by saying that he is happy to get Reshad Jones back, who he thinks is one of the best safeties in the league, if not the best safety, and that Jones and Allen together should be a good duo. Both these players have the ability to play in the box or in the middle of the field.
One other key position that Gase spoke about was the tight end position. NFL football fans would say that Gase seemed to be most excited about this position. Gase was known to heavily incorporate the tight end into the passing game in his time in Denver and Chicago. But it was clear that last year, he just didn’t have the same type of personal at that position to do everything he wanted to do. However, now he has Julius Thomas, a player that was tremendously successful in Gases’ offense in Denver and everyone is hoping they can have similar success together again in Miami. Gase also specifically said that if other teams are going to put a linebacker on Thomas, then Thomas is going to be seeing a lot of balls thrown his way. In addition, Gase was very impressed by Anthony Fasano’s blocking skills, going as far as saying that Fasano maybe the best blocking tight end that he has ever seen.
Gase is proving to be the best coach in Miami since Shula
Sure he was only talking about things to feel good about. But after hearing Gase, because he makes you feel that there is a plan in place and everything under control, I have confidence, because he has demonstrated both intelligence and honesty, every step of the way. What are the rest of the Miami Dolphins News fans thoughts about Coach Gases’ recent talk with the media?