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
What to watch Thursday Dolphins-Jags third preseason game
Week three of the preseason is already here as the Jags and the Dolphins get set for their in-state clash tonight at Hard Rock Stadium.
Week three is known to be the “most important” preseason game as the starters will usually play a half of football. And, for the Jags, this will be the first time they will play most of the first-team offense, meanwhile, the Fins have another chance for Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick to step up.
Those are just a few of the things we want to watch:
Nick Foles– Of course, Foles is what to watch for tonight. The Jags will be letting the QB out of the cage tonight for the first time. The $88 million-dollar man will look to start his Jaguars career on a positive note. It will be interesting to see how he fares in his first live-action of the season.
Dolphins QBs- Josh Rosen hasn’t done anything to win the job so far in the preseason. He also though has not done anything to lose it either. So, Ryan Fitzpatrick very well could be the starter week 1. While some will argue there is no point in playing the journeyman over the 2nd year guy, Fitpatrick won games last year in Tampa Bay.
The Dolphins though, will play the guy they feel has the best chance to win them games to start this season, and want Rosen to become that guy, eventually. Tonight should show us who that guy will for the Dolphins opener.
Jackonville O-Line and Leonard Fournette– We think this will be the first appearance for the starting running back, as well on the preseason. We know he can be a punishing downhill runner, but new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo wants Fournette more involved in the passing game.
Will they show a little bit of what they have in store for him tonight though is the question? Also, on the O-Line Cam Robinson is back how much will the Jags push him tonight though a few plays, a few series, a quarter or risk his first contact being regular season week one?
Dophins giving up sacks- Last week the Bucs accounted for five sacks (three on Rosen) against the Dolphins in Tampa. This week the Dolphins will face a better unit for a longer time and will need to help keep the QBs on their feet.
Coach Brian Flores even said after the game last week he would like to see Rosen take fewer sacks. If he wants to win the job tonight, he will need help from his O-Line and his own decision making.
Players out- The Jags have announced that nine players won’t be seeing the field tonight among those are WR Marqise Lee and three different tight ends. That means we could see a lot of James O’Shaughnessy at tight end. For the wideouts that means more opportunity for some of the guys like D.J. Chark, Chris Conley and company.
Mistakes- Last week Miami had some drops and a lot of flags thrown on them. Look out for the Dolphins to play a cleaner game tonight. With the starters playing more coach Flores is expecting fewer penalties after getting hit with 13 calls for a loss of 122 yards last week.
Report- Dolphins extending contract of WR Jakeem Grant
The Miami Dolphins have apparently made a move tonight and have locked in return specialist/receiver Jakeem Grant.
NEWS: Source indicates that the Dolphins and Jakeem Grant are close to a 4-year contract extension that keeps him in Miami through 2023. pic.twitter.com/DFhVktm2lD
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 21, 2019
The deal is rumored to be a 4-year extension to lock him down in South Beach through the 2023 season.
With a new coaching staff in place in Miami, they have made locking up the 2016 class a priority.
Grant was set to make just $720,000 in the final year of his rookie deal. Beasley did not have terms on the deal, but it’s safe to assume he will be getting a hefty raise. This deal could show the Fins are ready to give Grant a more prominent role in the offense, as well.
Previously, Miami GM Chris Grier has locked up 2016 draft pick Xavien Howard to 5 year, $73 million extension in May. The Dolphins will also look to extend left tackle Laremy Tunsil, as well, and he will likely command in the neighborhood of $12+ million per season to do so.
Grant has been a mainstay as a special team’s player so far in his career. As a return specialist Grant was an all-pro last season. The 16.3 yards-per-return across 14 punt returns in 2018 is a superb mark, as was his 29.7 yards-per return average on kickoffs.
Grant was a sub 4.4 40-yard dash guy coming out of Texas Tech and has made his limited touches count in the NFL. Grant has 34 catches in three NFL seasons, scoring four touchdowns, and averaging 13.9 yards per reception. He and fellow speedy undersized receiver Albert Wilson made a 1-2 “big play punch” early last season, as Miami jumped out to a 3-0 record.
However, Wilson was lost in October for the season with a hip injury. Then, Grant ended up suffering a torn calf muscle and missing the final six games of last year.
Grant has also been on the sidelines so far this preseason with a nagging hamstring injury.
But, he returned to practice Monday, and the Dolphins apparently believe he is back to full health.