DAVIE — In London, Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was shown on television during an outburst on the sideline.
It appeared as if Ajayi was unhappy he wasn’t in the game for a third down. Surely Ajayi was frustrated with himself and/or his teammates as he was unable to get any traction on the ground.
In the home opener on Sunday, at least once, wide receiver Jarvis Landry appeared to have an outburst of frustration.
It appeared as if Landry was unhappy he wasn’t getting the ball more. It appeared as if Landry was upset that Jay Cutler’s passes weren’t finding him more often and/or more accurately.
While all players, and people, get frustrated at times in their jobs, coach Adam Gase spoke with Ajayi and Landry on Monday about the optics of expressing emotions in a negative fashion.
“There’s three of us that are the hotheads of the offense, ” Gase said Wednesday. “It’s 14 (Landry), 23 (Ajayi) and me. So it’s a like a deadly combination. We start getting all fired up. All of three of us talked about it, about how can all three of us not get as frustrated when things don’t go quite right? I need to do a better job of keeping my anger under control and they’re trying to do the same thing.”
Gase said Ajayi and Landry approached him on Monday and Tuesday.
“I look at that as a positive thing,” Gase said. “Because they know. They know everybody is looking at those two guys. How are they reacting when things aren’t quite going right? I know everybody is looking to me: How are you reacting? I need to do a better job. They’re working on it. It’s not easy. I meant, they want to do well. They want to have an impact on the game. I tell Jarvis all the time, ‘I’m trying to get you the ball. I’m not not trying to throw it to you?’ It’s just one of those things. You’re trying to get in a rhythm, get positive plays going and when we do that, good things happen. That drive we scored a touchdown on, we had a good rhythm going and we were making plays.”
Ironically, while Miami’s defense has been very emotional as things are rolling, the offense in general seems lackluster, downtrodden and sullen.
The team could use more emotion on offense.
Gase just wants to make sure it’s funneled in a positive manner.
So, who’s the worst hothead of all?
“Probably me,” Gase said. “I’m the worst.”
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