Gase stresses Mi­ami’s sea­son isn’t lost

Coach sees play­off spots for the tak­ing in a murky AFC post­sea­son land­scape

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Omar Kelly

DAVIE — Em­bar­rass­ing losses have led to scorched-earth press con­fer­ences where coach Adam Gase has called out him­self, his team, the Mi­ami Dol­phins’ lead­ers and coach­ing staff.

But a day af­ter Mi­ami’s 45-21 loss to the Carolina Pan­thers (7-3), which pro­duced a fran­chise-record 548 net yards on the Dol­phins’ once stingy de­fense, it seemed as if Gase placed his fo­cus on build­ing up the team’s con­fi­dence.

Tues­day’s press con­fer­ence felt like one big hug, a prover­bial pep talk de­signed to get ev­ery­one in Davie rein­vested.

“We’ve got a lot of time left, a lot of ball left,” Gase said. “I don’t know if you guys kind of pay at­ten­tion to the rest of the league, but it’s not like any­one’s run­ning away with any­thing. It’s a to­tal dis­as­ter ev­ery­where.”

Gase is re­fer­ring to the AFC play­off land­scape, which is ex­tremely murky with the ex­cep­tion of New Eng­land (7-2), Pitts­burgh (7-2) and Kansas City (6-3), which could all cruise to win­ning their di­vi­sions.

“There’s about two teams

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Dol­phins coach Adam Gase re­mains con­fi­dent his team can get back on track, much like it did last year by win­ning nine of its last 11 games.

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