INDIANAPOLIS – Day 1 of the 2018 NFL Combine is in the books and Dolphins coach Adam Gase used his time at the podium to let fans know how he feels about his current players and what Miami might be looking for in free agency as well as in the draft.
The Dolphins aren’t going to tip their hand and let the world know everything about their offseason plans, but when a team goes 6-10, it’s evident that change is on the horizon.
The Dolphins have been rumored to be interested in upgrading the quarterback spot but Gase made it clear that Ryan Tannehill is the team’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. He praised Tannehill for his toughness and progress he’s made during his rehab process but would not rule out the possibility of Miami looking at another signal-caller this offseason.
Gase, a perceived quarterback whisperer, also expressed his willingness to draft a quarterback every year.
“I’d love to draft a quarterback every year,” Gase said. It doesn’t always work out that way. We’ll kind of see how the board falls for us. You know that first year, we kind of felt that Brandon [Doughty] was a guy that… there was a lot of us that were very interested to see what we could do with him. … He had a lot of success in college, so we’re still working through things to try and help him get better. We’ll see how this year goes – it’s hard to predict.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Gase stood by linebacker Kiko Alonso who had a down year compared to his 2016 season. Alonso made the switch to weakside linebacker in 2017 and struggled in coverage as a result. Gase hinted that some of the Dolphins’ problems in coverage might have been due to breakdowns at the safety position.
“Do you know who was supposed to cover who?” Gase asked members of the media on Wednesday. “Was it a safety issue? Was it him? Was it man coverage? Everyone is going to have some issues [in coverage] every once in a while, but I don’t think it’s as bad as everybody kind of portrayed it. I think when we put him in the right position and he gets up there and he’s aggressive on them, he does a really good job. I think when he plays off and waits for that guy to make the move, I think that’s when we’d rather him be more aggressive and trust the fact that he’s faster than most of these guys. When he does that, that’s usually when he has the most success.”
Gase recognizes that the team struggled in coverage last season and understands that finding versatile players is extremely important to the team’s success in 2018.
“We’re always looking for that, just like everybody else – especially this time of year. It’s just finding the right guys to fit what we’re looking to do and I know Matt [Burke] is always looking to tighten down our defense.”