The Dolphins preseason opening game against the Buccaneers is rapidly approaching for Thursday evening. And, on Saturday coach Adam Gase and his staff wanted to see the 2018 training camp squad go through some “game-like” situations.
The bad news? It was sloppy. At times, very sloppy.
So much so, that the Fins had trouble staying composed/onside offensively during 11 on 11 drills in a mostly empty stadium without much crowd noise. Yes, “false starts” with QB Ryan Tannehill barking hard counts and his own offensive teammates being the ones to repeatedly jump.
Another flag…another false start…wonder if this is poor discipline or something to do with new Kilgore-Tannehill pairing…it's crazy
— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) August 4, 2018
And then, it began to seep into Miami’s special teams and drew this blunt observation:
Illegal procedure on punt team.
I want to vomit.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 4, 2018
Now, it’s not uncommon in any NFL training camp early on to have these kind of days and mistakes. So, you really shouldn’t read an awful lot into it.
However, with the Dolphins trying to rehearse everything from running out of the tunnel, to where everyone stands on the sidelines, and coaches talking on gameday headsets with the press box, etc., you want to get as much correct as possible.
Gase wasn’t pleased with a lot of what he saw, but he isn’t overreacting…. yet.
Dolphins Live: Coach Gase meets with the media after this morning's scrimmage. https://t.co/vMG2YfzkJ2
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) August 4, 2018
“We’re just gonna have to fix it. We just have to focus and understand that the cadence (from Tannehill in particular) if for us on offense to help us. Not to hurt us. Just gotta hang in there. You just have to do a better job of being consistent with it,” Gase said after things had concluded on the Hard Rock turf Saturday.
He then joked briefly, when a reporter asked whether the “gassers” (sprints) for offenders after practices are working on the discipline of procedure penalties.
“Does it look like it’s working,” Gase quickly shot back with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Again, it’s training camp, and all that matters is that Miami gets some or most of the pre-snap problems corrected starting Thursday night.
Then, the joking and one liners will stop.
And, likely stiffer punishment, including possibly losing playing time, will take over.
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