What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Friday (Jets week)


As the Dolphins head into their Week 2 matchup at the Jets, coach Adam Gase will need to back up the no-excuses mindset he’s been hammering into his team all offseason.

He’s facing a better-than-expected New York team with No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold at quarterback, and he’ll do it without massive left guard Josh Sitton. Offensive line snags are a huge concern against the Jets, who have one of the strongest front sevens in the NFL.

Here are some updates from Gase following today’s practice:

-- Gase said it was clear from the beginning of the week that Sitton wouldn’t be available, so the team has been preparing all along for Ted Larsen to start a left guard.

-- Brock Osweiler was the No. 2 quarterback behind Ryan Tannehill last week and it’s reasonable to assume he’ll hold that spot. Gase declined to say who will back up Ryan Tannehill.

-- Wide receiver DeVante Parker (finger) is expected to play. Gase said he hasn’t had any issues this week.

-- The Dolphins do not plan on looking outside for a new starter at left guard. Larsen will be the guy the remainder of the season if he’s healthy, according to Gase.

-- Miami will continue to play running backs Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore together. “It’s just getting good players on the field,” Gase said. “That’s all we’re trying to do.”

-- With five healthy receivers (Parker, Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson), Gase doesn’t foresee any trouble as far as distributing playing time. “If we play the right way and guys are exerting max effort, then when we have different guys in there, it’s not a big deal,” he said. “When you keep a guy in too long and he starts slowing down and he’s not playing fast, that’s when you have issues.”

[Lieser: Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake is growing up when team needs him most]

[Humbling restart for WR Leonte Carroo, who still wants to prove the Dolphins right for drafting him]

[Lieser: Dolphins coach Adam Gase and the fine line between confidence and delusion]

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