What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Monday

Adam Gase is struggling for answers as his team sits 4-4. (AP)

DAVIE–Coming off a disheartening loss to the Raiders, the Dolphins are stuck at 4-4 heading into the second half of the season.

They get an extra day of rest between now and Monday’s game at Carolina, and coach Adam Gase is looking to build off some of the progress the offense made. Here are his thoughts as the week begins:

–As for the 107 yards on 11 penalties, Gase does not dispute the calls. He saw technique issues, particularly on defense.

–Gase indicated running backs Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams will continue to be used more so as pass catchers than Jay Ajayi was. He sees no difference between short passes to the backs and run plays.

–The Dolphins are optimistic that left guard Ted Larsen will be able to play against the Panthers, but that decision hasn’t been made yet. He was activated from Injured Reserve, but did not dress Sunday.

–Right tackle Ja’Wuan James exited with a left hamstring injury, and there’s no update on him.

–Safety T.J. McDonald, who missed the first eight games on a suspension, will practice and is expected to play Monday at Carolina.

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