Despite struggles, Dolphins remain in AFC playoff hunt – FOXSports.com
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Following lopsided losses earlier this season, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase fumed about missed assignments and poor work habits, threatened to demote starters and even traded his Pro Bowl running back.
This time he’s drawing consolation from other colleagues around the AFC mired in mediocrity or worse.
“It’s not like anyone’s running away with anything,” Gase said Tuesday. “It’s a total disaster everywhere. There are about two teams where everybody is all happy. Everywhere else it’s misery.”
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The Dolphins (4-5) remain in the playoff picture even though they’ve hardly looked like a playoff team lately, with three consecutive losses, all in prime time and two by blowout margins. That includes Monday night’s 45-21 humiliation at Carolina , where the Panthers rolled up a franchise-record 548 yards.
Gase reacted angrily to earlier drubbings by the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens. Now, with the season seemingly on the brink, he’s taking a different approach.
Effort isn’t an issue, Gase said, and he and the front office didn’t overestimate the level of talent on the roster. He dismissed the idea of a lineup shakeup, such as the surprising trade of running back Jay Ajayi two weeks ago.
“I don’t really see us reaching to just do something to just drop a bomb on everybody,” Gase said.
But three consecutive duds must be addressed, with the Dolphins being outscored 112-45. For the season they’ve been outscored by 87 points, third-worst in the NFL, leaving many to wonder how they’ve won four games.
The players’ spirits remain high, Gase said, and the season can still be saved.
“This group is pretty good at moving on,” he said. “I think the coaching staff, too. That’s our job, and we’ve got a lot of time left,