The Miami Dolphins season is about to start and head coach Adam Gase is tired of saying how great his team is.
Gase finally feels, that after two seasons, he has the best team in the locker room, the field, and finally one that has guys that want to sleep less than he does by staying late and grinding.
While some NFL teams have made offseason moves and some splashy coaching hires, the Miami Dolphins added veterans that can start right away and mentor some of the younger talent that’s up and coming.
Gase went and got Frank Gore to mentor Kenyan Drake-not that Drake needs it, but I’m sure he will benefit from it as a starter and as he said early in the process-how to be a pro.
Danny Amendola was brought in to give Tannehill more options after the Dolphins traded Jarvis Landry.
Amendola brings a security check down all over the field. As long as he stays healthy, he’s dependable and he’ll mentor guys like Jakeem Grant-staying late and working at his craft.
In addition, Gase decided that the Dolphins would benefit from doing more with less by focusing on Davone Godchaux and Jordan Phillips as rotating defensive tackles while adding pieces to surround the middle-trading for Robert Quinn on the outside. Suh who?
However, the big question remains: Have the Dolphins improved?
If there is any indication of improvement-nothing is more evident than the play of Ryan Tannehill this preseason who has shown a comfort with all of his receivers.
No longer are people-fans and pundits alike worried about his health, but about how high is his ceiling.
With Adam Gase singing his praise and the front office not drafting a quarterback, but a jack of all trades defensive player in Minkah Fitzpatrick, it’s no secret this is Tannehill’s type of team and he is their leader.
I truly believe Tannehill will have to play well-above his 2016 season averages before the injury and be more consistent-making better reads and making better throws.
Tannehill, in a sense has to play better in weeks 1-4 to give the Dolphins a strong chance to be a contender down the stretch.
We need to see a complete body of work from Ryan Tannehill and Gase believing in him could demonstrate a strong playoff push come December.
While Gase hasn’t earned anything yet other than a 16-16 record, a playoff appearance in 2016 with two quarterbacks and a stellar running game, 2018 gives Gase a chance to finally cement his blue print off the field to become the standard on the field.
The bar is set high for Gase in his mind-the Dolphins identity hinges on early success.
A fight to the finish-the Dolphins are all about finding a way to finish and finishing strong.
Their identity should be more than apparent-always grinding, just like their coach even if there are those who don’t believe him just yet.
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