DAVIE — Two of the best traits of first-year Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase are candor and humility.
Gase demonstrated both during a podcast this week with Peter King of The MMQB.
King began the podcast by asking Gase about the differences in his everyday life, now that he’s a head coach, and followed up by asking how how hard it is, with so many different responsibilities, to set time aside enough time for football and teaching football.
Gase concedes there was a “learning curve” and that “we’ve mismanaged some time early in the season.”
Few coaches are as direct and transparent as Gase.
This podcast is really worth worth listening to. Gase speaks about the influences of Mike Martz, Nick Saban and Peyton Manning and the how he’s embraced the history of Don Shula and Dan Marino.
Here is what Gase said about the challenges faced as a head coach:
“I think time. Trying to manage your time. Dealing with the media every day, even though you don’t think it’s too much. It’s 15, 20 minute spurts, but it’s more time taken away from what you’re used to doing as a coordinator. And it builds up throughout the week. And then when you have to deal with little tiny things within the building, of organization stuff, where it’s 15 minutes here, 20 minutes here, and then a lot of your day gets ate up by that. Then you’re trying to figure out how do you still game plan. How do you make sure you watch all the film. How do you make sure you are communicating with your coordinators to where everybody is on the same page and your staff and then deal with your players.”
“That’s been the most difficult thing, to make sure we’re doing everything, staying with the details of what we’ve done in the past. When I was at least a coordinator, some of these guys I’ve worked with even before. And that’s been the hardest thing. To make sure that we manage things correctly. There have been some times where we’ve mismanaged some time early in the season. It was a learning curve for a lot of us, trying to deal with that fact that I was calling plays on offense, and our coaches trying to make sure that they knew what I wanted and I couldn’t really spend all the time that I needed to. And then as the season moved on, we really got in a better groove, things were much more organized as far as what we were trying to do. It was nice to have a guy like Vance Joseph on the other side of the ball who handled so many things. He did a good job of managing that side of the ball.”
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