DAVIE—Adam Gase unloaded all his fury on the Dolphins on Friday, hours after their 40-0 loss at Baltimore, and he believes the players returned with a different mindset.
He was ambiguous about whether he intended the trading of Jay Ajayi to send a message, but clearly his public comments going into the weekend did. He ripped offensive players for not adhering to their assignments and not knowing the playbook well enough and saw a reaction to it today.
“I do sense a sense of urgency, from the offense especially,” he said. “With what we’ve been doing in our walk-throughs and the way I see guys in meetings, they know that the mistakes we’re making are unacceptable and we need to get this fixed. And I sense a sense of urgency from the coaching staff as well.”
For Gase’s part, he plans to change much of the way the team operates during the week, even the overall schedule. He talked today about making walk-throughs more extensive, as well as changing the way the staff conducts meetings, coaches the players and organizes practices.
While the Dolphins are 4-3 and tied with Jacksonville for the No. 6 playoff spot in the AFC, they have a minus-60 point differential. That ranks in the bottom five in the league, placing them in a group with the winless Browns and 49ers.
If they continue on that course, they’re unlikely to keep pulling off wins. Gase knows that and he’s adamant about busting them out of this rut.
“We’re just not gonna stay the same,” he said. “We’re not gonna keep doing this same thing and banging our head against the wall… I’m talking about the way that we’re going about things and the way that we’re teaching them and the way that we game plan.
“If we sit here and do the same thing over and over again and say, ‘Well, it’s execution,’ or ‘I’ve gotta call different plays,’ and things like that, then we’re really kidding ourselves. At the end of the day, we’ve gotta find the right way to teach, the right way to learn and then we have to find what allows us to execute best on Sunday.”
Gase said there’s never been a season in his five years as a coordinator and head coach in which he ran things the same way all season. There usually comes a point at which the routine needs to be changed to spark the team.
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