Dolphins coach Adam Gase warns players not to complain about schedule

Gase gave a stern warning Sunday. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

NEW YORK—Adam Gase is cool with pretty much anything Dolphins players say, an essential element of the way he runs the team, but there’s one thing he won’t abide. Anyone who complains about the difficulties of this year’s schedule does so at significant risk.

The Dolphins were set to play this three-week stretch in Los Angeles, New York and London either way, but it was made more challenging by the threat of Hurricane Irma. Miami’s original opener, a home game against Tampa Bay, was rescheduled for November and that decision eliminated the team’s bye week.

The Dolphins spent the entire week of preparation for the Chargers at a hotel in Oxnard, Calif., and have another unusual week in front of them now. The team will fly to London on Thursday, practice Friday and hope the players have adjusted to the five-hour time difference by Sunday’s game against New Orleans, which will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.

“We’ve talked to the right people as far as how we want to sleep, nutrition, what we need to do to combat flying as much as we have so far,” Gase said today. “It’s really about following what everybody is advising our players to do. It’s just whether or not guys want to do it that way. You can’t hold everybody’s hand. At some point you have to be a man and do it right and be a pro athlete. Guys that want to do it right are usually the ones that have success. The guys that don’t, don’t end up lasting very long.”

No players used that excuse after getting pounded by New York, but the defeat was so jarring that it sent everyone looking for an explanation. Gase would rather hear his players admit they got clobbered, though, than listen to them blame it on the schedule.

“All I know is we’re going to line up on Sunday and play,” he said Sunday. “So if somebody has an issue with that, they better check their profession.”

That schedule, by the way, doesn’t exactly let up. In addition to not having a bye week, the Dolphins will still have to play six of their remaining 13 games on the road. That’s a result, in part, of them giving up a home game as part of the deal to play in London.

There is only one instance in which Miami plays consecutive games at Hard Rock Stadium this year: Week 13 against Denver and Week 14 against the Patriots.

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