Sometime during the spring, at a time all NFL teams were working on their offseason training regimen, a Dolphins player decided he had something important to share with Adam Gase. The player paid an unannounced visit to the coach’s second-floor office at the team’s training facility, only to find out Gase was working out somewhere else in the building.
So the unnamed player left his boss a note.
“We don’t have time for your ‘workouts,’ ” the note read. “You think BB works out?”
BB is New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
The note was meant to jokingly jab Gase, but one of its underlying thoughts is obvious: The Dolphins, second in the AFC East behind the Patriots a season ago, are chasing New England and have their rivals on their minds.
That’s obvious now because you’ll recall Jarvis Landry, on an offseason overseas promotional tour that included Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, predicted the Dolphins would sweep the Patriots. Later, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh called the Patriots “definitely beatable” and added the Dolphins aren’t afraid of the Patriots.
“I think we respect all opponents we have; we obviously start the season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and look forward to that,” Suh said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” when asked how much he focuses on the Patriots. “We have many games prior to [the Patriots] that are going to be big focuses.
“But we understand that New England is at the top of the East right now. We understand that we need to have certain particular game plans for them, as they do for us. Taking that into account, I think one of the great things about Miami and this team, we’ve never been scared of the New England Patriots. We never will be. So, with that being said, when we play them late in the season, we’ll be prepared.”