Which Miami Dolphins players does Adam Gase trust for in-game info?

Adam Gase needed some answers in Sunday’s 20-6 loss to the Jets. (AP)

DAVIE—Dolphins coach Adam Gase has many ways to dissect what’s happening on the field during games, including everything from his own vantage point on the sideline to world-class video technology, but there’s one perspective he can’t get unless he asks.

Gase often seeks player advice in games to get a better grasp of how the defense is playing, especially when things aren’t going well—Sunday’s 20-6 loss to the Jets, for example. When he’s really digging for a way to get the offense going, he always asks the wide receivers first.

“I grabbed all three receivers and said, ‘Give me what you like, so we can see if we can get something going,’ ” he said, recounting a moment from the New York game. “The good thing is those guys can communicate well and right away they’ll give you two or three things that they like for them, and we try to get to those.

“You might not always get exactly what you want from the defensive side, but… They’re playing the game and they kind of have a better (feel). We’re watching, but they’re doing it. They have a little better feel of how guys are playing them, and for them to be able to give that kind of input helps a lot.”

Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills are very effective at letting Gase know what routes are working. Jay Ajayi is similarly good at giving him insight on the ground game. He’s been talking to players this week trying to straighten out the offense before Sunday’s game against the Saints in London.

It doesn’t seem profound that those players provide useful feedback, but Gase has had players before who didn’t.

“The thing that we try to tell our guys is, ‘Tell us the right stuff,’ ” he said. “To me, that’s an advantage when guys can. I’ve been around some guys in the past that were really good at relaying the information back. I’ve been around a few guys that tell you the wrong stuff, and it kind of throws everything off, but I feel like our guys do a pretty good job. They’ve been right. When they’ve suggested things, when they’ve told us stuff, they’ve been right.”

Landry welcomes the opportunity to provide input.

“Absolutely,” he said. “It helps when you have a coach that’s that transparent, that’s willing to be open to suggestions, willing to be open to the things that we see out there.”

Gase ripped the offense as “garbage” over the past two seasons, a general criticism with minimal specifics. He ripped his own play calling after the 19-17 win against the Chargers in the season opener, saying he got in the way of the offense finding its rhythm.

Through two games, Miami averaged 12.5 points, 280.5 yards and a 24 percent conversion rate on third downs. The Dolphins allowed the Jets to control the ball for a staggering 36:08 in last weekend’s loss.

[Opinion: Protesting Miami Dolphins use their platform better than Donald Trump used his]

[Cameron Wake baffled by Dolphins’ big loss to New York]

[Grading the Dolphins in a 20-6 loss to the Jets]

Check out The Palm Beach Post‘s Miami Dolphins page on Facebook

Reader Comments 0

0 comments