FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – One NFL coach started the 2019 season 0-7, won five of the last nine to end his first year, and is off to a 2-3 start through five games in 2020. The other started 1-7, won six of the last eight games to end his first season with his new franchise, and is off to a 0-5 start this
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — One NFL coach started the 2019 season 0-7, won five of the last nine to end his first year, and is off to a 2-3 start through five games in 2020.
The other started 1-7, won six of the last eight games to end his first season with his new franchise, and is off to a 0-5 start this season.
The math says they both have the same record, 7-14, in that span.
But Brian Flores and the Miami Dolphins could not be drifting into a direction further away from the abyss New York Jets coach Adam Gase finds himself in before both teams play on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Dolphins just experienced their most well-rounded performance of the Flores era in a wire-to-wire victory last week against the San Francisco 49ers.
A win on Sunday would take Miami to .500 for the first time under Flores, the coach the Dolphins hired after parting with Gase at the end of the 2019 season when Miami signaled it was proceeding toward a full-scale rebuilding process.
“Everybody is trusting Coach Flo. … We believe in what he’s coaching us each and every day, and the message he’s getting across,” Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki said.
“You’ve got to buy into the head coaching. I think that’s what everybody in this locker room has done. We’ve just got to continue to stack good days and continue to get better.”
The Jets, on the other hand, are reeling, with Gase — the Dolphins coach from 2016-18 — in danger of being fired after a poor start and failing to show any true progression from last season’s 7-9 campaign.
Starting quarterback Sam Darnold suffered a sprained shoulder that will cause him to miss his second game this season on Sunday, after he missed three games due to mononucleosis early last season. Former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, who is 6-0 against Miami while with Baltimore, will start.
Most recently, the Jets abruptly released standout but misused running back Le’Veon Bell this week. The Dolphins courted Bell before he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs late Thursday. Bell, the ex-Steelers star running back, had signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets last year.
“It’s obviously not the way we’ve pictured things going,” Gase said of his Jets run after leading the…
Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel
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