Highlights from Dolphins coach Adam Gase’s Monday news conference: • Will Dolphins players be motivated for Miami’s final two games (at Kansas City, home to Buffalo) considering the playoffs are a long shot? “I would hope they would be very motivated,” Gase said. “They are playing for their jobs.” Does he weigh the last two games a good deal in offseason personnel evaluations? “Yeah, I think you do. See how guys play.” • How hard is it to evaluate these players when they are good enough to beat the two Super Bowl finalists last season but also play very poorly at times? “It’s harder to do during the season,” Gase said. “You are getting ready for the next game. To sit there, you are trying to evaluate on the run. The hardest thing is you are only as good as your last game. Nobody cares what we did against New England. What you did in the Buffalo game is who you are. That’s what makes it hard to evaluate during the season. “You kind of remember that last one. That’s why we like at the end of the season to take some time and get away from it and come back and evaluate so now you can say let’s go back and say let’s look at the whole thing. Now you can try to get a true evaluation. How did you play in the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter. When you lose the last game you play, you have a bitter taste in your mouth and that can change the way you feel about certain guys.” • On Sunday’s game: “They did what they had to do to win the game and we did nothing to stop them... We talked about stopping Shady [LeSean McCoy] and Tyrod [Taylor]. We had one half we didn’t do either and one half we kind of slowed one guy down and didn’t stop the other thing. Offensively the biggest thing we couldn’t do is turn the ball over. We did that. We moved the ball and had good things going and we kind of hurt ourselves. We had a run play for negative yards. We get in third and long, they were tough. We did opposite of what we talked about.” • On Jay Cutler’s performance: “We had three interceptions and four times we lost the ball. It’s not one of the best days that he’s had. He’s trying to do things we talked about doing. There were a few times where we’re throwing the ball a lot there in the second half. You start pressing a little bit. He took a couple of the matchups we talked about taking. The first pick there is nothing I can tell him to do different.
Dolphins coach Gase on next two games: ‘They are playing for their jobs’
Miami Herald | Dec 19