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Adam Gase on limited deep passes: If you want QB’s brains beat out, do it more

Adam Gase

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks to reporters after practice at the NFL football teams training camp, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


After a lackluster outing in a scrimmage last weekend, Dolphins coach Adam Gase feels better about the way his offense has looked in practice this week and he also feels comfortable about the approach he’s picked for the offense being the best one for his team.

On Wednesday, Gase was asked about the limited number of deep shots the team has taken in the passing game during practices. Gase noted that “he’s fine with it” as the guy scripting and calling the plays and said there’s “a time and a place” to go vertical in the passing game, which he says puts him right in line with the majority of the league.

“The whole league is 10 yards and under. That’s what it is,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “Nobody is going down the field. There’s one team that does it really, maybe two. Pittsburgh and Arizona. Hold onto the ball and they chuck it down the field. More teams than not, it’s 10 yards and under. That’s where all the passing game is. The d-ends are too good. If you want to stand back there and have your quarterbacks get your brains beat out, go at it.”

Gase’s work as the offensive coordinator in Denver and Chicago got him the top job in Miami, so there’s plenty of reason for him to be confident about the approach he’s chosen to take with the Dolphins offense. Should the results move the team in the right direction in the standings, he’ll probably be spending less time explaining why he’s chosen it.