DAVIE — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase complimented Lawrence Timmons for the professionalism he’s shown since returning to the team after a brief unexcused absence at the beginning of the season.
“I think he’s done a good job when he came back,” Gase said Thursday. “He’s very quiet. He works every day at practice. (He gives) everything he has. He’s been a model citizen since he’s returned. For a veteran player, I haven’t been around too many guys that does not miss snaps in practice. He is going game speed every day. He’s been very impressive to watch. (Now) I understand why his career has been what it’s been over time.”
Timmons has 78 tackles this season, after posting more than 100 tackles in each of the last five seasons with Pittsburgh.
Timmons also has 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 4 tackles for loss and 3 quarterback hits.
After a strong start, the 31-year-old Timmons has slowed down, even losing third-down playing time to Stephone Anthony.
Timmons signed a two-year deal before this season, but his return would certainly be questionable.
Miami is hoping its linebacker corps improves next season with the addition of Raekwon McMillan as well as perhaps another linebacker through the draft or free agency.
How would Gase describe the performance of Miami’s linebackers in general this season?
“We’ll figure all of that out after the season,” Gase said. “Obviously we haven’t … Nobody’s done anything great. We were one of the worst offenses in the league and in the back half in defense. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”