The Adam Gase Era began in earnest Monday with a sign of respect — and commitment — from his players.
Turnout was excellent for the first day of the team’s voluntary spring program. All the team’s principals attendend -- inclulding, most notably, Ndamukong Suh.
That hasn’t always been the case with Suh, who famously skipped the workouts while with the Lions and whose attendance in his first year with the Dolphins was sporatic.
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But that was under Joe Philbin. Suh’s relationship with Gase, by all appearances, is better, and Suh made it a point to attend Day 1.
Granted, not much happened Monday other than weight lifting. The NFL doesn’t allow it.
But after a three-month hiatus, the Miami Dolphins were back.
Sure, the season doesn’t begin for another five months. And they can’t even get on the practice field for a while.
Yet Gase and his staff can now at least interact with his players, and for the Dolphins’ first-year coach, that’s a start.
The first two weeks are limited to lifting and rehab. After that? A voluntary veteran minicamp, in which Gase will lead his first practices as a head coach on any level.
Ryan Tannehill, now entering a critical fifth season, was among the first to arrive before dawn Monday morning.
Mike Pouncey, just three months removed from hip surgery, reported to work early too.
The offseason program runs through June 16, the final day of the team’s mandatory minicamp.