Mi­ami coach in­ter­viewed with Har­baugh in 2015

Gase landed with Bears in­stead; Dumervil says his ‘body is on track’

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS - By Ed­ward Lee ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun

For a brief time in Jan­uary 2015, Adam Gase was look­ing for a job. The Den­ver Bron­cos had just hired Ravens of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Gary Ku­biak to re­place head coach John Fox, which meant Gase, who had been the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor on Fox’s staff, was a free agent.

But Gase had al­ready drawn in­ter­est from teams. He was a fi­nal­ist for the San Fran­cisco 49ers’ head coach­ing va­cancy that went to Jim Tom­sula and was be­ing courted by the Jack­sonville Jaguars to be­come the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

On the night of Jan. 19, Gase flew to Bal­ti­more to interview with Ravens coach John Har­baugh about the team’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor po­si­tion. It was an op­por­tu­nity Gase still ap­pre­ci­ates as he pre­pares his team to play the Ravens on Sun­day.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me,” Gase, 39, now the Mi­ami Dol­phins’ coach, said Wed­nes­day dur­ing a con­fer­ence call with Bal­ti­more-area re­porters. “I re­ally en­joyed be­ing able to talk to Coach Har­baugh. It was a late night, I know that. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that he didn’t have to squeeze me in when he did.

“So the fact that he did that to at least give me an op­por­tu­nity to come interview there, that was some­thing I’ll al­ways be ap­pre­cia­tive of.”

The Ravens hired for­mer Chicago Bears coach Marc Trest­man to head the of­fense, and Gase even­tu­ally joined Fox, who was hired as coach by the Bears. On Jan. 9, he suc­ceeded Dan Camp­bell as coach of the Dol­phins.

Har­baugh told Mi­ami re­porters that he en­joyed his time with Gase.

“He came in, and I just feel like we hit it off,” Har­baugh said. “We had a great time talk­ing foot­ball phi­los­o­phy. … It would have been great to be able

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But his abil­ity to prac­tice Wed­nes­day spoke vol­umes about the strength in his sur­gi­cally re­paired foot.

“I was able to prac­tice to­day, so that’s a good start,” he said after prac­tice. “For the most part, my body is on track.”

In his first game since Oct. 9, Dumervil re­cov­ered a fum­ble in the se­cond quar­ter, and then sacked and stripped Cincin­nati quar­ter­back Andy Dal­ton in the fourth to seal the vic­tory. Full prac­tice for J. Smith: Two days after Har­baugh said Jimmy Smith was “close” to re­turn­ing, the cor­ner­back prac­ticed fully in Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion, mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance since Nov. 18.

Smith has sat out the team’s past two games with a back in­jury that pre­vented him from prac­tic­ing at all last week. Over those two missed games, the de­fense has sur­ren­dered four pass­ing touch­downs and a .726 com­ple­tion per­cent­age with­out mak­ing an in­ter­cep­tion.

Guards Mar­shal Yanda (left shoul­der) and rookie Alex Lewis (high right an­kle sprain), wide re­ceiver Ka­mar Aiken (thigh), tight end Crock­ett Gill­more (pulled ham­string) and run­ning back Lorenzo Tali­a­ferro (thigh) did not prac­tice. Har­baugh said Yanda was given the day off.

The team got a scare when wide re­ceiver Steve Smith Sr. limped away from a one-on-one ex­er­cise after col­lid­ing with cor­ner­back Sha­reece Wright. But after a minute of talk­ing with a trainer, Smith stood up on his own. End zone: Tight end Den­nis Pitta has yet to catch a touch­down pass in 11 games, mark­ing his long­est drought to be­gin a sea­son. Quar­ter­back Joe Flacco ac­knowl­edged that Pitta’s score­less streak has been on his mind, but also said he won’t force any­thing. “There is only so much I can do and he can do,” Flacco said. … After prac­tice, the Ravens and Dumervil an­nounced that the fran­chise had made a $50,000 do­na­tion to New Story Char­ity to build homes in Haiti de­stroyed by Hur­ri­cane Matthew in Oc­to­ber. Team owner Steve Bis­ciotti matched the do­na­tion with $50,000 of his own. Dumervil, whose par­ents are from Haiti, was touched by the out­reach. “Back in Haiti, after see­ing what hap­pened with the hur­ri­cane, I have no words for it,” Dumervil said. “I’m very grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to be a part of some­thing like this.” … After be­com­ing the first kicker in NFL his­tory to make three field goals of 50-plus yards in the first half of a game and just the ninth kicker since 1960 to kick three field goals of 50-plus yards in a sin­gle game, Justin Tucker was named Wed­nes­day morn­ing as the AFC Spe­cial Teams Player of the Week. … Mi­ami prac­ticed with­out three starters: wide re­ceiver DeVante Parker (back), cen­ter Mike Pouncey (hip) and out­side line­backer Je­lani Jenk­ins (knee, hand).

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