Gase serves up bizarre child-birth tale; Ndamukong Suh is ’excited’ about lining up vs. the Dolphins this week.
Former Dolphins coach Adam Gase once showed up to a daily news briefing in Davie egging everyone to get on with it because he had things to do.
Turns out that half-joking line wasn’t even half of a joke.
Word out of New York is Gase is in serious sleep-deprivation mode. Writing a profile for The Athletic, Dan Pompei reported that Gase is fueled by about a half-dozen 20-ounce blasts from the Keurig next to his desk, plus a Red Bull if that’s not enough.
Sometimes, that’s not enough.
Gase provided the internet with yet another viral meme by taking a blast of smelling salts just before the 31-22 loss to the Giants. Why a coach would need smelling salts before a game is a good question, but then again, we’re talking Adam Gase here.
Pompei had a spectacular anecdote about Oct. 1, 2013, when Gase’s son, Wyatt was born.
Gase had wife Jennifer schedule the C-section for 10 a.m. that day so he could make his 2 p.m. meeting with Peyton Manning, who presumably might have been understanding had Gase not shown up.
“So they pulled the baby out of me and said, ‘It’s a boy,'” Jennifer said. “They didn’t even put my organs back and sew me up before he’s like, ‘You good?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m good.’ He said, ‘All right, then. I’m out.’ They said, ‘You want to cut the umbilical cord?’ He said, ‘No, I’m good.’ ”
Gase, whose beard has a way to go before it can compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s, has been known to text players and assistants at 4 a.m., meaning we can credit him for inspiring that handy “do not disturb” option on our phones.
George Willis of The New York Post appears to have bought in, writing that the Jets are dysfunctional no more, and “finally all about football and trying to win.”
He added, “Gase looks comfortable in his own skin. The job isn’t too big for him. The wide-eyed look at his introductory press conference is actually a quiet confidence that allows him to move easily among his players and coaching staff.”
Catching up with other ex-Dolphins:
QB Ryan Tannehill, Titans
It’s way too early to call it a quarterback controversy, but at least the first whispers have surfaced.
Benjamin Allbright, a radio talk-show host, tweeted that Tannehill gives the Titans a better shot at winning than Marcus Mariota if he stays healthy. (Of course, that qualifier could apply to a ton of other QBs.)
Allbright tweeted it after Tannehill went 12-of-16 for 130 yards, two TDs, no interceptions and a sparkling 138.0 passer rating in the 27-10 win over the Eagles.
As a reminder, the Titans acquired Tannehill to back up Mariota, who started the game.
“It was a lot of fun,” Tannehill told The Tennessean of his first relief appearance since his rookie season. “Obviously it’s a change of scenery, but it was fun to compete against another team.”
Tannehill found TE Anthony Firkser for a 23-yard TD on a 10-play, 87-yard drive.
Mariota raves about having Tannehill around, saying the QB room is “pretty special.”
Tannehill credits a player familiar to Dolphins fans.
“I had a great relationship with Matt Moore for six years in Miami,” Tannehill said. “He did a great job backing me up and supporting me through the ups and downs.
“I learned a lot unknowingly from him for this role. Now I’m just trying to do the best I can with Marcus and push him in practice each and every day. And if my number’s called for whatever reason, be ready.”
DT Ndamukong Suh, Bucs
Suh started the 30-28 loss to the Steelers but his night consisted of only three snaps.
Suh joined the Rams and went to the Super Bowl last year but it was a one-and-done. Now, Yahoo’s Charles Robinson is reporting Suh didn’t quite fit in with the Rams and was a load for former line coach Bill Johnson to handle. That mimics random accusations he freelanced while with the Dolphins, something Suh denied.
Suh has been looking forward to practicing against the Dolphins this week.
“I’m excited about it — to get after the quarterback, get after the running backs, see old faces, old teammates,” Suh told bucsnation.com. “Be able to hang out with them and see how well they’re playing and progressing in their careers. I’ve always enjoyed joint practices. I think this will probably be my fourth or fifth one in the league, so it’s always a fun time especially when they’re traveling to us.”
Suh, who joined the Bucs on a one-year deal worth $9.2 million, is scheduled to start next to first-rounder Vita Vea, but Vea has an injured knee and is expected back in September.
DE Cameron Wake, Titans
Wake also didn’t play last week but it’s safe to say his unique ways are rubbing off in Tennessee.
“The way to become great is to do all the little things, right?” second-year LB Harold Landry said of what he has learned from Wake. “And being consistent every day. So while you’re out eating this and eating that, someone else is sticking to their diet and getting better.”
DE Robert Quinn, Cowboys
Quinn was suspended for two games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
He’s eligible to return Sept. 22 — against the Dolphins.
Quinn also had surgery on his fractured left hand.
Sean Kiernan, Quinn’s agent, said he believes problem was a contaminated anti-seizure medication and the pharmacy was at fault.
"I've been working with NFL Players for 20 years, and I can't think of a situation where I've been personally involved where the league was as tone deaf as it was here," he wrote. "Now, Rob will be punished for something that would have been impossible for him to prevent, and even though the NFL admitted during the hearing that it did not believe Rob was intentionally doping, they still suspended him.”
RT Ja’Wuan James, Broncos
Denver pried James from the Dolphins by dangling $51 million over four years.
James missed multiple practices with a leg injury but started the 22-14 loss to Seattle and played 17 snaps.
WR Danny Amendola, Lions
Amendola, who will turn 34 in November, was another one-and-done in Miami. He headed to Detroit to reunite with his old Patriots buddy, Matt Patricia, and said he was in his best shape ever.
The Patriots had no mercy on Detroit, winning 31-3, but Tom Brady gave a public shout-out to his former target.
“So proud of you!” Brady posted to Amendola on Instagram. “Undrafted to Super Bowl champion and still proving them all wrong!!!”
RB Brandon Bolden, Patriots
Bolden, who showed flashes in his brief time in Miami, is back with the Patriots and showed up to the Lions game wearing a “Hey Arnold” shirt.
Bolden started, carrying 12 times for 41 yards (3.4 average) and catching two passes for 19 yards.
RB Frank Gore, Bills
When Gore knew the Dolphins would be turning toward younger backs Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake, he left his hometown for yet another season (we won’t dare call it a final season) at age 36.
Gore started the 24-16 win over the Colts but carried just twice for 7 yards and caught one pass for 4.
The Bills plan to alternate their aging backs in the first two preseason games, meaning LeSean McCoy is ticketed to start this week.
DE Andre Branch, Cardinals
Branch seemed to sense his time in Miami was coming to a close when the season ended and signed a one-year deal with Arizona. In the 17-13 win over the Chargers, Branch had two tackles, a sack and a QB hit in just 15 snaps.
S Michael Thomas, Giants
The former Dolphins special teams captain had two tackles and two assists, plus a special teams tackle, in 28 snaps vs. the Jets.
In his first season in New York last year, Thomas had 59 tackles, six passes defensed and two interceptions. He also started six games.
DE Olivier Vernon, Browns
Hamstring problems kept Vernon on the bench in the 30-10 win over Washington.
Vernon had 30 tackles and seven sacks in 11 starts last year for the Giants.
WR Jarvis Landry, Browns
“Juice,” who did not play against Washington, approves of Freddie Kitchens.
“He’s not abusing his power for a first-time head coach,” Landry said. “He has a really good grip on things.”