The Miami Dolphins held a full pad scrimmage last night that was open to media and season ticket holders. And the offense was rather offensive.
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Following a practice that saw the Dolphins offense get one first down in eight series, Adam Gase had seen enough. Following practice, Gase let it his displeasure be known.
"“It irritates me,” Gase said. “You get to practice one time a day and you get a limited amount of practices and how many times you get to be in pads. I think it’s like 22 [padded practices] for the whole year. To not take advantage of that, that’s bothersome.”"
Gase also spoke of the offenses lack of “fire”. Something Miami fans have grown accustomed to in the past four years under the anemic and lifeless Joe Philbin. It won’t win Ryan Tannehill any supporters.
Tannehill has the tools to be a very good football player but he has always lacked that killer instinct. That drive to win no matter what and under a coach who has that attitude, Tannehill’s going to need to find a way to change it.
Gase is not that kind of coach that Joe Philbin was. He doesn’t pick up gum wrappers and police untied cleats. He gets in your face, he smack talks, and he want’s his offense to be motivated and practice and play with the same desire to win that he has had at all his stops.
This is a coach who made Tim Tebow look good. Took an aging and hurt Peyton Manning to the cusp of a Super Bowl. A coach who streamlined Jay Cutler. Now he has to turn a passive methodical quarterback into a something far more.
To be fair it’s not just Tannehill who needs to find that passion and several who witnessed the practice last night said Tannehill wasn’t the biggest issue. In fact many season ticket holders who run other sites said Tannehill was closer to the best of the worst on offense last night.
The entire offense seems to lack that mean streak. Jarvis Landry is a bull in a China shop but is there any other offensive player that stands out with that level of drive and passion? Surely no one on the offensive line.
It’s hard to break old habits and that is exactly what Gase has in front of him. One thing however is certain, he has the right fire himself and that drive. It’s more likely to be a case of get on board or get the hell out.
Intensity. Gase spoke about the lack of intensity and every Dolphins fan can say that is exactly what Miami’s offense is. 3rd and 6? Run the ball and take the punt. 2nd and 15? Protect the ball. 2 minute drill? Miami doesn’t have a two-minute drill and when they are in that position, how many times have we seen the offense burn seconds off the clock just getting to the line? Or going through full cadence? Intensity.
"“I think when you get smacked in the mouth, you got to have guys step up,” Gase said. “Not all the time is it going to be vocally, but somebody’s got to either make a play or we’ve got to stop the defensive line from penetrating, we’ve got to pop a run, we’ve got to complete a ball — something.”"
Adam Gase’s biggest task is going to be to change that mentality.