Why the Miami Dolphins signed Brock Osweiler

Things didn’t go so well for Brock Osweiler in Houston. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

ORLANDO — When the Miami Dolphins signed quarterback Brock Osweiler, well, some wondered why.

“I think Brock has the tool set really that we saw when we drafted him in Denver,” Miami coach Adam Gase said Tuesday at the NFL Owners Meetings. “He’s had a little bit of a rocky road here the last few years. When you’re used to working with a guy and you kind of know each other already and you’re able to skip a few steps and get right into the meat of the action there and just get into fine-tuning a few things … I think he’ll do well in practice with us and he’ll be able to get on the same page with guys really fast.”

Gase always believes he can fix a player, particularly a quarterback.

But as it relates to Osweiler, who has struggled at Houston, Cleveland and Denver over the past two seasons, there are no guarantees.

If Osweiler does not perform well, he’ll be gone.

If the Dolphins draft a quarterback and David Fales outperforms Osweiler, he’ll be gone.

“I really like the competition we’re going to be able to have between those three guys that we have on the roster right now (Osweiler, David Fales and Brandon Doughty),” Gase said. “We’ll kind of see how everything else goes moving forward with the draft coming up.”

Gase was on Denver’s staff when Osweiler was a second round draft choice out of Arizona State in 2012. And it was only three years ago that Osweiler had some success, with a 5-2 record, 10 touchdowns and a 62 percent completion percentage.

Osweiler has clearly lost his confidence. And his mechanics have clearly gone awry.

Osweiler clearly feels if anyone can help, it’s Gase.

“He kind of knows how things need to be done,” Gase said. “It’s just going to be about when you hit the preseason, how does that really work out? Can you get those other guys to play well around you and can you make the right decisions?”

Gase is not downplaying the likelyhood Miami adds a quarterback. Interestingly, Gase also praised Fales.

“What were we carrying, five last year at one point?” Gase said.  “And we survived. I don’t know, it felt like it. It was a crowded room, I know that. We’re going to do what’s best for the team. We’re going to do what we think … That’s an important position. I like the guys that we have on our roster right now, and then if we add someone else, obviously we’re doing it for a good reason. At that position, the more guys that we can bring along and the more guys that we can develop, I think it’s hard to just say that we’re going to keep a practice squad guy. Last year we felt really good about how David (Fales) was coming along. That wasn’t an option. Letting him move on was not going to be an option for us.”

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