Dolphins coach Adam Gase says Hurricane Irma experience surreal to see

Adam Gase and the Dolphins will direct their attention to the recovery effort in South Florida after the Chargers game. (Getty Images)

OXNARD, Calif.—Like many Dolphins players and staff members, coach Adam Gase left South Florida as soon as the NFL announced their season opener against Tampa Bay was canceled. And like pretty much everyone who evacuated, he was jarred by the wreckage he saw on television.

“It’s a strange perspective, just kind of recognizing things at home,” he said before today’s practice in California. “Getting text messages from people back there. You’re so far away, it doesn’t really seem real when you’re watching it on TV, but knowing that’s where you’re from and kind of wondering how everything is going to play out.

“We had a lot of friends that we had; (some) our staff and players that stayed back. So we were getting a lot of information as far as what was going on. We had a lot of players scattered, too. So we were just getting constant updates. The people that you know, it’s tough. You know it’s going to take some time to recover and get some things fixed, and there will be a lot of people pulling together and finding a way to get things back to where they were.”

Some players surely are concerned about South Florida as well, but Gase said it didn’t seem to be distracting them during today’s work.

The Dolphins announced this morning that owner Stephen Ross pledged $1 million toward the relief effort today, and the team is committing manpower and other resources.

Gase hasn’t dug into the specifics on that yet, but said he’ll be looking into it during the team’s flight home from Los Angeles on Sunday.

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