From the moment the ugliness broke out and two Dolphins were sent to an early shower vs. the Bills, it was apparent players were going to get hit with fines.
Friday, one — Jarvis Landry — was really hit.
Landry was fined $48,620 for unsportsmanlike conduct and abusive language toward an official. Running back Kenyan Drake was fined $12,154. Landry’s fine was stiffer because the NFL viewed him as a repeat offender.
Defensive end Cameron Wake was fined $9,115 for a facemask penalty earlier in Sunday’s game.
As concerned as the NFL was over the incident, so too was coach Adam Gase.
“I think that was the pinnacle of what I’ve ever seen with him during a game,” Gase said. “I know there’s been times where some of those guys kind of got in the mix a little bit, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it get to a level where it was extremely bad. Last game, that was about as embarrassing as I’ve seen in a long time. It’s just something that we can’t have happen.
“Whether people think we weren’t in the game or it was garbage time or whatever it was, all I know is we were in the game and we’re going on our last drive of the game and two of our best players on offense aren’t in there. That was very, very frustrating to watch and standing there, not being able to do anything. We need way better control from our best players in the heat of the moment.”
The Dolphins now have to sort out whether to factor it in to negotiations with Landry, who’s about to become a free agent.
“I think you can’t take one isolated incident and overreact,” Gase said. “But at the same time you have to make sure that you look at everything we’ve been doing over the last couple of years. That’s where a lot of our decisions are made when you look at the body of work. Then kind of see what direction we want to go in.”