DAVIE–It’s hard to remember there was a time when the Dolphins‘ season was sliding into 2017 NFL Draft talk, and their resurgence is one of the most impressive storylines in the league.
At 9-5, Miami can clinch a playoff berth by the end of the weekend. If the Dolphins win at Buffalo and Denver loses at Kansas City, the team will secure at least the sixth seed. They can also finish the playoff race, without any outside help, by sweeping their final two games.
That ought to get Adam Gase serious consideration for Coach of the Year in his first season on the job. Does he care? We got the answer to that and other things in his post-practice press conference:
— Regarding his Coach of the Year candidacy, Gase said, “Right now I’m just focused on what we’re doing. We’re trying to win this week. It’s the same thing with our guys with the Pro Bowl. I don’t think guys have been focused on that.”
— There’s no word on CB Byron Maxwell (ankle) being available Saturday at Buffalo. The Dolphins haven’t ruled him in or out, though he didn’t practice today.
— Ryan Tannehill has been frustrated being stuck on the sideline, but is doing everything possible to help quarterbacks Matt Moore and T.J. Yates. “We’ve gained an extra (coach) in helping our guys out,” Gase said.
— There’s no update either way on Tannehill still trying to play. “They haven’t told me that we should shut him down yet,” Gase said when asked why the Dolphins haven’t placed him on Injured Reserve.
— Gase said they’re trying to teach Yates through practice and walk-throughs. There’s not necessarily a push to get him on the field during a game, which was a consideration in Saturday’s blowout of the Jets.
— Regarding Mike Pouncey, who said today he’s healthy enough to play, Gase said “it wasn’t easy” telling him he was headed to Injured Reserve.
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