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Dolphins and Coach Gase have come together in a hurry

Christopher Fischer



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In the land known for making feel good stories come to life on the big screen, it was the Dolphins who continued scripting one of the leagues best turnarounds of the season Sunday in Los Angeles. Miami’s fifth straight win, after starting 1-4, was a last minute come from behind effort against the hopeful hero Rams QB Jared Goff in his NFL starting debut.

“Especially in the beginning of the year we played form behind a lot, we found out a lot about ourselves,” wideout Jarvis Landry said to NFL Network. “Coach (Adam Gase) said we could have something special here.

What has made the this five-game winning streak “special” is the maturation process of a young head coach and his team.

Gase has never been one to shy away from criticism and admit he is wrong. Case in point, Gase dialed back his no huddle hurry up plan of attack and had QB Ryan Tannehill and the offense start working out of the huddle following the loss to the Bengals. Gase said he felt too much, too soon on Tannehill’s plate.

Tannehill admitted the decision to work out of the huddle has allowed them to understand the play call and get lined up properly. It’s been a complete contrast from the miscommunication and uncertainty we saw early on the season.

Yet, the huddle also allowed Tannehill to inject some confidence to while trailing 10-0 Sunday in the fourth quarter.

“I told the guys right before the first touchdown drive, everyone take a deep breath, were going to win this game,” said Tannehill.

Along with the evolution of a first year head, the Fins fifth year quarterback is evolving as well.
Gone are the Week 4 “boo birds” calling for back up Matt Moore. Now that Tannehill is getting time to throw in the pocket, he’s showing the caliber of quarterback he can be.

That was no more apparent than in the final two drives of the game, where he went 12 of 13 passing for two crucial touchdowns in the final 6 minutes of the game.

“It was ugly on offense for most of the game, but defense kept us in the football game, made some really big plays for us, we found ways to make plays when it counted,” said Tannehill.

His running back Jay Ajayi has seen his fair share of praise lately, but neither one them would have it without the strength of the offensive line. Since all five starters have returned to the field, the Dolphins have yet to lose a game.

It’s not a coincidence that the success lately has been a direct correlation to the offensive line. The defense has even benefited from the O-Line stability.

Early on the in the season, the DC Vance Joseph’s defense was gassed and gashed for being on the field for too long. And while Sunday looked reminiscent of that, the defense managed to keep them in the game.

“That’s the way we practice, compete every single play, we practice this way especially on Fridays’,” said defensive tackle Ndomukong Suh. “It’s key for us to go out there and compete, and that’s what were going to do and continue to do.”

Some thought early on this season that Gase, the youngest head coach in the league, was in over his head, but now after five wins in a row, he is making a case for turnaround of the year.

Hollywood indeed.

A native Floridian who graduated from Clearwater High School and the University of Florida, Chris Fischer has spent nearly 15 years in Sports Televison, including the last five as Sports Reporter and Anchor with the CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay-WTSP. He is a multi time AP Sports and Local Emmy award winner and will be seen this season as a sideline reporter on CBS-TV’s network coverage of the NFL.Chris brings enthusiasm and passion (particularly when it comes to his Gators) to College and NFL coverage to F.F.I.

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Dolphins “limbo game” with QB Josh Rosen remains

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The Dolphins continue to do their diligence on the possible drafting of a franchise type quarterback that they may be able to get their hands on in the upcoming in April. However, there remains a looming question with what to do with the former first-round pick QB that they acquired last April.

Josh Rosen remains, for now, part of the Dolphins plans, yet, even his biggest supporters have to concede ,that Rosen is likely “the odd man out” should Miami take one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft.

That’s because GM Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores are obviously committed to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. We know this because Fitzpatrick not only rallied the team for several wins down the stretch of the season, but that Miami has also gone and hired Fitzpatrick’s former offensive coordinator and head coach at two of his other stops, Chan Gailey for this season.

That’s not something that the Dolphins brass did lightly, and it foreshadows that Fitzpatrick will likely be the quarterback that they begin the regular season with, just as they did in 2019.

So, where exactly does that leave Rosen, who played very little last year, but has a salary cap friendly contract?

It likely means that he’s only “an insurance policy” that could be dropped at any point for very little salary cap ramifications.

We wrote near the end of last season that it did not make any sense that Miami wasn’t at least giving Rosen game action and some live reps in games last December, if only to see once and for all, if they could develop him into a quarterback for the future?

Obviously, the Dolphins spoke loudly with their actions, and by not even playing Rosen in any of the last seven games, they were indicating he’s expendable.

Dolphins beat writer for the Miami Herald Armando Salguero wrote Wednesday morning about Rosen situation, but shed very little light on what his actual future is. This is primarily because whether it’s Salguero, other media or anyone else not named Flores/Grier, they don’t know for sure what Rosen’s immediate, much less longer range, 2020 future is.

Sure, they could hang on to Rosen through the offseason and have him try to compete for playing time.

But, that seems to be a futile exercise if the Fins have already made up their mind that Fitzpatrick will start the year. And then, you’re drafting a rookie quarterback drafting a rookie quarterback, again to potentially be the future of the franchise.

Then again, Fitzpatrick is 37 years old and could break down physically along the way, well before the start of next season. So, keeping Rosen as that insurance policy along with the rookie Miami likely drafts, isn’t the worst idea.

However, for now, the 23 year old former UCLA star is in limbo.

And, for all we know, he could be cut to begin free agency coming up.

Certainly not giving Rosen a start in any of the last 11 games on an awful team is a clear indication that Grier and Flores didn’t believe in him. This after acquiring him and watching him all offseason, preseason and in the games that he did play.

We now await their next move with Rosen, and certainly, he does, too.

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Stafford trade rumor reminder Dolphins better be ready to trade up

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On Thursday morning a report surfaced that the Lions, who are currently slated to pick third in April’s NFL Draft, were actively looking to trade former Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Stafford. And, while that report has now been debunked, for teams like the Dolphins sitting in the fifth Spot, this is reminder of their reality of what could happen if someone jumps in front of them, in particular for a QB.

First, the report surfaced late Wednesday night from a local Detroit TV station that their sports reporter/anchor had learned that the Lions were looking for a trade partner for the 11-year veteran Stafford:

That report was quickly squashed by lions GM Bob Quinn and numerous NFL media reporters and salary cap experts pointed out that Stafford’s cap hit would be a massive $32 million dollars, if he is traded or released this season.

So it’s not likely, no matter how bad the situation is with the Lions, the Stafford is going anywhere.

But, that doesn’t mean that the Redskins, who are picking second and the Giants were picking 4th after the Lions and obviously both before the Dolphins at five, aren’t going to also be in the market to listen to trade offers for their picks.

This is, because Washington seems to be committed, for now with a new head coach and Ron Rivera, to last year’s first round quarterback pick, Dwayne Haskins

And likewise, the Giants have obviously made a commitment to their number one pick up last year, Daniel Jones. This after 2 time Super Bowl winning veteran quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement, recently.

So, both NFC East teams appear to be targets, if a team (including the Dolphins) would look to try to increase their draft position.

This is in particular if that team were interested in the second best quarterback available in the draft, which is likely Alabama Tua Tagovailoa.

As was reported earlier this week, Tagovailoa is on schedule to heal from a fractured hip suffered last November in Alabama’s game with Mississippi State. While Tua won workout at the NFL combine later this month, it’s believed that he would likely work out for teams Alabama facility later in March or April.

One final factor in favor of the Dolphins and GM Chris Grier: they have some trade capital, including extra first-round pick this year and next year, with which the potentially move up if they so desire.

It’s all part of the evaluation process and then, the drama of what the teams at the top of the first round will look to do later this Spring.

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