Why Adam Gase tolerated Miami Dolphins celebration and taunting penalties

Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns. The NFL sort of frowns upon this. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — There was a part of Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase that wanted to slink into his seat during a video presentation at the owner’s meetings of celebration and taunting penalties.

“That was bad when we’re watching the celebration tape and we’re on there like five times for the taunting and I’m going, ‘God this is not good.'” Gase said Tuesday. “Everybody’s probably looking at me like we’re the most undisciplined team in football.”

But the more Gase thought about it, the more he decided he didn’t really mind it.

Jarvis Landry penalties? Damien Williams penalties?

They were all based in enthusiasm, passion and pure emotion.

“There are negatives to some of the things that happened last year with the taunting and personal fouls but you know what, that’s a little bit of who we were,” Gase said. “We were the team that everybody kept saying what we couldn’t do. That was the attitude we brought every week. That’s why I never said anything. Because I wanted our guys to be who we were and I wanted people and our guys to make sure that they played with everything they possibly had.”

Maybe this is the year the NFL actually allows more leniency on celebration penalties.

NFL executive Troy Vincent suggested its a talking point for the league, if not a rules-change issue.

“I know (assistant head coach/special teams coach Darren) Rizzi would be excited,” Gase said of potential leniency in 2017. “Because he’s tired of kicking off from the 20.”

But Gase reiterated that frankly, those penalties were generally worth it.

“If that meant we got a 15-yard penalty because Jarvis (Landry) got some kind of celebration penalty or taunting penalty, were going to live with it,” Gase said. “And I wasn’t going to say anything because I wanted to make sure our guys played with every ounce of passion.”

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