Adam Gase had his first post-game press conference today, and there were some interesting highlights.
First of all, he is mad at himself, and that’s a good thing. He has to learn from his mistakes, and getting mad at himself will do the trick.
He was talking about Tannehill’s touchdown drive…and why it took the Dolphins so long to score. “I was mad at myself because I should have went to what we ended up going to earlier in the game. I kept talking myself out of it. He (Ryan T) kept pressing me to get to that stuff, basically that drive that set up those plays. And I kept talking myself out of it. And finally, once I listened to him, we marched the ball down the field. It was a great lesson to me; when he says go to something, we’re going to go to it.”
Although I HATE HATE HATE a head coach who admits he needs lessons (didn’t we get enough of Philbin trying to learn each week?), I see the context is different here. Gase seems like a guy who could get genuinely fired up and learn what he needs to learn..
Failing on their 4th down attempt (instead of kicking a field goal or else running a quick QB Sneak): “I put a lot of that on myself. I had a terrible formation for putting our tight ends in there.” If the formation was terrible, then why not change it? Why not call a timeout?
Comments like that are very troublesome. Philbin never recognized plays that were doomed. Gase does recognize them, but does nothing to correct them. Which is worse?
In addition, Gase gave the standard head coach answers about injured players (We’ll see how they are during the week), and said Jay Ajayi is back and practicing and everything is behind them. Good !