Adam Gase didn’t sugarcoat his team’s 41-14 preseason loss to the Cowboys here Friday.
His Dolphins got ‘drummed’ by the Cowboys in all three phases.
“Let's call it what it is,” Gase continued. “But sometimes in the NFL this happens and how do you respond? The good thing for us is we get to play again next week.”
The stats agree with Gase’s assessment. The Dolphins were out-gained 433-314. They surrendered 300 first-half yards. Dallas went for 170 on the ground. Miami lost the turnover battle. And they had a major special teams breakdown.
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“It's my experience, it happens, or at least I've been part of it quite a few times, it seems like the second preseason games things start poking their head,” Gase said. “You have to get it cleaned up quick, because the season's coming up. We've got some things to clean up.”
In every phase — even the kicking game. Vince Mayle blocked Matt Darr’s punt in the third quarter, leading to the Cowboys’ fifth and final touchdown.
“One of our guys missed his assignment,” Gase said. “[Vince Mayle] slipped through and that's one of those things that we can't have happen.”
There were a few bright spots — all on offense.
The Dolphins’ starters had two touchdown drives of 75 yards — none of which took more than four minutes. It’s the type of pace Gase hopes to see from that group once the games count.
“It was good for our guys to see how tired the defense might get as the drive goes on and take advantage of it,” Gase said. “Our guys won't understand what this offense can do to a defense as far as the fatigue factor until they really get into a game. We only played the first half. We still would have had 30 minutes left.”