There has been much speculation, since the Dolphins fired head coach Adam Gase on Monday morning, as to how quickly he might land somewhere else, including as a possible head coach in the NFL in 2019?
That has now been bolstered by a report Tuesday morning the Gase is already lined up a head coaching interview with the Arizona Cardinals.
Former Dolphins’ HC Adam Gase is scheduled to take his first HC interview this post-season with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2019
Arizona fired coach Steve Wilks Monday after one disastrous season, where they finished 3 – 13. The Cards took UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen last year with the 10th overall pick, but he had very little success in 2018, obviously. He completed just 55% of his passes with 11 TDs and 14 INTs with a dismal 66.7 quarterback rating.
Gase, whose entire background has been built on tutoring quarterbacks as an assistant and an offensive coordinator before being the head coach with the Dolphins, would seem to be a great mentor option for the Cardinals.
However some good insight came here from Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald as to Gases’ thoughts on Rosen in the pre-draft process a year ago:
He had serious issues with misgivings about Josh Rosen coming out of the draft last year but an interview is an interview, I guess. https://t.co/WCEq21CXPK
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 1, 2019
The Dolphins elected not to try to trade up in the draft to grab one of the four marquee quarterbacks that were taken in the top 10, and that included Rosen.
Gase stuck instead with Ryan Tannehill coming off of a surgically repaired ACL. And while the Dolphins started the season 3 – 0, Tannehill got hurt in October and missed five games with a shoulder injury. Miami recovered to get to 7 – 6 and on the fringe of the playoff talk in the AFC.
However, they faltered badly, losing all three remaining games and finishing with a second consecutive losing season. That led owner Stephen Ross to make the decision to fire Gase Monday.
Gase is a former offensive coordinator in Chicago with Jay Cutler quarterbacking. And, he previously also was quarterback coach and offensive coordinator with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
The Cardinals are viewed as the biggest reclamation project right now in the NFL. This as, veteran Hall of Fame to be wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will likely retire, and perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has already expressed that he wants to be traded from the mess that the Cardinals have become the last two seasons.
One other aspect that will make the Cardinal job attractive is they hold the number one overall pick upcoming in this year’s draft for whoever their new coach is going to be
Dolphins gave WR Parker extension- huge raise Friday
The Dolphins have had a mostly awful 2019 season, however, one of the bright spots this year and for their future, has gotten a new deal and a hefty raise.
Former first-round pick WR, DeVante Parker, will be a Dolphin for some time to come after agreeing to a four-year contract extension that could pay him up to $40 million. The deal was first reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, and the Dolphins confirmed Parker agreeing with this video released on social media:
.@DeVanteParker11 is here to stay‼️
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 13, 2019
Parker, who was playing on the fifth year option of his original rookie contract will reportedly get $8 million now to sign the deal and will also receive a fully guaranteed salary in 2020.
Parker has been one of the few bright spots for Miami this season totaling 55 receptions for 882 yards and six touchdowns. The yardage and the TD totals are both career highs for the former first-round pick out of Louisville in 2015. He had a breakout performance two weeks ago in Miami’s 37-31 upset of the Eagles. Parker caught a season high 7 passes for 159 yards and two TDs in the win.
Miami and GM Chris Grier had picked up option on Parker’s original four deal which was paying him $5 million for this season. Grier also has the Fins well positioned under the salary cap this year and next year, as Miami rid themselves of high price contracts for players like QB Ryan Tannehill, DE Robert Quinn and WR Kenny Stills.
The Dolphins do not have much else in terms of receiving talent after having traded away #1 receivers, Jarvis Landry and Stills the last two seasons. And then, Miami saw free agent Albert Wilson suffer a hip injury which cut his 2018 season short, and now, Wilson has been injured much of 2019, as well. Miami had high hopes for big-physical rookie free agent WR Preston Williams, but he tore his ACL in a game in October and is now on IR.
Parker is currently in concussion protocol after last week’s 22 – 21 loss against the Jets. He is officially listed as questionable for this weekend’s game with the Giants.
Fantasy Football playoff “start/sit” advice for week 15
Week 15 of the NFL season brings us the semi-finals of fantasy football leagues. If you are still playing congratulations, you’re almost there. If not, well, then you can always play daily fantasy. This week all three in-state teams have some plus matchups to take advantage of.
The Buccaneers will travel to the Lions. The Dolphins are back in the Meadowlands for the Giants, and the Jaguars travel to the Raiders for the final scheduled game in Oakland.
The Bucs will be going up against the Lions weak defense. The Lions rank 29th overall- 30th against the pass and 23rd against the run. QB Jamies Winston has been dealing with a hand injury, and we now know that he will try to play Sunday. In the event that Winston falters, Ryan Griffin will be one throwing to the Bucs receivers.
If Winston can throw mostly normally, then that opens up more opportunities for Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson. With Mike Evans out due to a hamstring injury, someone will have to step up and take those reps. Perriman has become more and more reliable over the weeks, and Watson rose to the occasion last week with his first TD catch. RB Ronald Jones continues to start, but Payton Barber continues to steal important carries. With both splitting, it will be hard to trust either at this point.
The Dolphins will be facing the Giants on the road and their poor defense. The Giants rank 27th overall, 26th against the pass, and 20th against the run. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been able to keep the Dolphins competitive in a lot of games this season. Last week he failed to find the endzone, but should change that this week against the much worse defense.
The best fantasy player on the team, DeVante Parker, looks to be on track to play in concussion protocol this weekend, but is listed officially as questionable. He and TE Mike Gesicki continue to be the only trustworthy players to play. RB Patrick Laird has had two productive games in a row. If you are running very low on options this week, perhaps he could be a flex option if you’re desperate.
The Jaguars will head to Oakland and will go against another below-average defense. The Raiders rank 28th overall, 28th against the pass, and 15th against the run. The Jags offense has been in a rut over the past few weeks. There is no better time for them to fix that here against the Raiders. Though, they are better against the run, still expect the Jags to run Leonard Fournette 20 times.
D.J. Chark still is yet to practice with a bad ankle, and was ruled out Friday afternoon. That opens up an opportunity for guys like Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley. QB Gardner Minshew will be another quality option to roster in DFS in a game that could end up being high scoring.
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