OXNARD, Calif. — There are few positives to the Miami Dolphins having their bye on the first week of the NFL season, but coach Adam Gase may have found one.
Gase was able to watch a handful of future opponents last Thursday, Sunday and Monday.
“It’s interesting,” Gase said on Tuesday, prior to a Dolphins practice. “Usually on the bye week you watch a little bit, but you almost avoid it a little bit. You’d rather not watch it sometimes. We hadn’t played a game yet. You’re watching guys that you worked with before, friends of yours to see how their season’s gonna start off. That was interesting to kind of be a spectator of that this week.”
On Thursday, Gase was able to take in the Patriots’ 42-27 loss to the Chiefs.
Miami will face the Patriots on Nov. 26 and Dec. 11.
On Sunday, Gase was able to watch the Bills beat the Jets (Miami will face those teams twice apiece).
Gase was also able to see the Ravens beat Bengals and the Panthers top the 49ers.
Perhaps most helpful, the Dolphins were able to watch three future opponents on Monday night.
The Vikings topped the Saints and the Broncos beat the Chargers.
Of course, the Los Angeles Chargers are now facing the Dolphins on a short week. And Miami will have a seeming advantage in being able to watch some actual film, while they haven’t played.
“Seeing those guys really in action and watching their defense and seeing them fly around in a different scheme, it’s really just a carryover of what we saw in preseason,” Gase said of the Chargers’ defense. “They’re always gonna have something different each week. Watching their offense, you see how explosive they can be. Myself being in this division before, this doesn’t look far off from what I’ve seen in the past. Between (Joey) Bosa and (Melvin) Ingram, they’ve really got it going right now.”