DAVIE — It was the very last red zone play of 10 days of Miami Dolphins organized team activity and although the offense was performing well, there was no touchdown scored and so coach/play-caller Adam Gase dropped to the turf, fell into line, and began to do pushups.
Gase did five pushups, as per his design.
It’s something Gase did last year, during the season, on the very last play of Dolphins’ in-season Friday practices.
“It was something Jack Del Rio implemented (in Denver),” Gase said Thursday. “It’s one play, fourth down, three seconds left. Winner take all. It gets competitive. We have a lot of talking going on. They’ve won a few more times than we have. I like the competition. I like that guys get ready for that last play.”
Gase said those exact situations have actually come up during games last year.
“In San Francisco, we had exact same yard line, exact same time,” Gase said. “And it was kind of eerie how we had gone through that thing. I remember on the headphones, we were all saying, ‘We did this. We did this.’ Live. Offense versus defense. Let’s see if this thing pays off. So let’s see if this situation pays off. It’s not the first time our players have been through it.”
Like the Patriots and the Broncos, the Dolphins spend a lot of time on situational football. Miami spent a great deal of their final OTA practice working on late-game, hurry-up offense (with former Oregon and Eagles coach Chip Kelly in attendance).
There is an interesting in-house rivalry between Gase and first-year Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke. Gase oversees the entire team, and has made a concerted effort to be more involved with the defense at the start of his second season.
But let’s be frank. His heart strings are pulled by the success or failure on a day-to-day basis at practice.
And although Gase has control of his roster, there is no doubt he also considers himself one of the guys.
“He’s with us to the end,” Dolphins tight end MarQuies Gray said Thursday. “He’s our guy.”
Offensive tackle Sam Young said the players notice when Gase is on the ground.
“We’re all in it together,” Young said. “Calling offensive plays, he’s in it with us. It’s pretty neat.”
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