It seems like nothing when compared to the challenges faced by the tens of thousands whose lives have been ransacked by Hurricane Irma, but the Dolphins have a rough road ahead of them.
They were displaced by Irma, too, of course, the bulk of the team evacuating to Oxnard, California late last week while others scattered across the country in an effort to get out of harm’s way.
Now, as the team begins to reassemble in Oxnard, where they’ll be using a Dallas Cowboys training facility as their base of operations for this week, the Dolphins face a new dose of reality.
Every team in the league but most importantly the Los Angeles Chargers, the Dolphins opponent for what is now their season opener Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, has a game on them.
That means that while the Dolphins are still trying to figure out who their starting nose tackle will be and who one of their starting cornerbacks will be, the Chargers are adjusting.
With a game under their belt the Chargers can now alter their game plan to accommodate for the weaknesses they surely discovered as well as any strengths they may have found in losing to the Broncos on Monday night.
The Dolphins can’t do that and it puts them at a distinct disadvantage. So too does the fact that as a result of the move of their Week 1 game against the Buccaneers to Week 11, they won’t have a bye week this year.
Neither will the Bucs, of course, and while we explained just how physically and mentally challenging that will be for those two teams, the reality of it all is just now starting to sink in.
It’s rather clear, though, that Dolphins coach Adam Gase won’t use that or any other disadvantage that the postponement of their opener has saddled them with as an excuse for failure.
During a phone conversation with Armando Salguero of the MIami Herald this past weekend, Gase put the Dolphins situation, as difficult as it may be, in tremendous perspective.
“I don’t want to hear it,’’ Gase told Salguero when asked about the rigors of having to play 16 games in a row. “That’s not an excuse. I’m not going to make any excuses. My guys are not going to make any excuses. “We’ll figure it out. I’ll figure it out.
”We’re not going to cry about stuff like that when we have people down there who don’t have a house any more or have a million other things going on because of a hurricane. You know what? The 1992 Dolphins got hit by a hurricane. They didn’t have a bye. How’d that go?’’
We told you just how it went last week shortly after the Dolphins opener was moved. We also told you how it went for every other team that has had to play 16 straight since the league first adopted the bye in 1990.
The answer isn’t all that encouraging but as Gase pointed out, that 1992 Dolphins team didn’t let that situation deter them and good for Gase for putting this difficulty into true perspective and letting Dolphins fans know that it won’t deter his team either.