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Seeing Jon Gruden back in the NFL, a major coup for the Oakland Raiders, has me wondering again.

What is the surest solution for any team looking to shake off the doldrums and make a serious run at the Super Bowl? And, to go along with that, why didn’t it work for the Miami Dolphins when they got their last splashy hire, Nick Saban?

Wayne Huizenga left the league when he couldn’t come up for answers to those questions. He’s the former Dolphins owner who made the huge headline hires of Jimmy Johnson and Saban at different times, and who had Dan Marino as his quarterback for a decade, but still never broke through to the top.

Huizenga was trying to buy a little magic, just as the Raiders are now with their $100 million investment in Gruden. Remember, Oakland is where Gruden started his head coaching career, but the late Al Davis tired of him after a couple of brief postseason appearances and let his popular young coach leave for Tampa Bay.

So what happened? Magic, more or less. A Super Bowl title in his first season there. A flash of charisma, too, that had you thinking dynasty.

A solid roster already in place surely helped. The Bucs had made the playoffs in four of the previous five seasons under Tony Dungy, who got the boot despite an overall regular-season record of 54-42. Right off the bat, Gruden could depend on Pro Bowl defenders like Warren Sapp and John Lynch and Derrick Brooks, who combined to make Tampa Bay No. 1 in fewest points and yards allowed.

There was, however, no elite quarterback. Gruden used Brad Johnson for most of that Super Bowl season, and turned to Rob Johnson and Shaun King for three emergency starts when injuries struck.

There was no immediate promise of help from the NFL draft, either. Tampa Bay traded its first- and second-round picks to Oakland for the rights to sign Gruden away.

Altogether, it seems that Gruden grabbed hold of some very rare lightning in his debut season with the Bucs, because he was only 45-51 after that, with a couple of wild-card playoff losses.

Clearly, this gig is harder than Bill Belichick makes it look. That’s why, in retrospect, it would have been astounding for Saban to thrive immediately with the Dolphins, and why it’s disappointing that he didn’t stick around to see what would happen when a few more things came his way.

No fewer than 11 coaches who already had Super Bowl titles or would eventually win one were working in the league when Saban showed up. All of them had figured out as much as anyone can about succeeding in the NFL, yet two of them – Gruden and three-time Super Bowl champion Joe Gibbs – could do more than match Saban’s 15-17 record in the seasons of 2005 and 2006.

Bill Parcells was 18-14 with Dallas over that same stretch. Bill Cowher was 19-13 with a Super Bowl title during those two years. Tom Coughlin and Brian Billick were 19-13 and failed between them to win a single playoff game.

Trying to be smarter than every other coach is not a viable long-term strategy in this league, unless you’re Belichick and Tom Brady, and having a great organization merely gives you a chance.

Look at Saban’s staff in 2005. His defensive line coach was Dan Quinn, who nearly won the Super Bowl last year as Atlanta’s head coach and has the Falcons on another title hunt this month. Two other future NFL head coaches – Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan – worked assistant jobs on offense. And no matter what anybody thinks of Will Muschamp, the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator in 2005, he and South Carolina just got a bowl victory over Jim Harbaugh, the savant of Ann Arbor and a former NFL head coach himself.

If there are lessons in all of this for Adam Gase, and for those who believe him to be suddenly in over his head, it’s that the NFL makes every coach look confused from time to time, especially those, like Saban, who didn’t have a top quarterback. Makes some very accomplished coaches decide to stay out altogether, too, men like Bobby Bowden and Bear Bryant and Joe Paterno and Tom Osborne.

So it’s good luck to Gruden and the Raiders. He’s a good coach but they have no guarantee of a brilliant relationship, even with glitzy Las Vegas in their future.

That’s because the Raiders are coming off a 6-10 season, just like Miami, and because there are no sure solutions for turning a mediocre team into a monster overnight. None at all.

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During the really tough times as he fought to overcome cancer, David Quessenberry would daydream about reaching his lifelong goal of playing in an NFL game.

It was a plan that was derailed when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and put on hold for years as he underwent treatment for the disease.

Finally healthy, the guard was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad this week and in what his teammates call a storybook turn coach Bill O’Brien said he’ll make his NFL debut on Monday when the Houston Texans host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“It’s been long, it’s been really tough … nothing that I’ve been through has been normal, a normal path since I’ve been drafted,” Quessenberry said. “This is just one of those things that lines up for an awesome opportunity on Monday … football on Christmas.”

Quessenberry was drafted by the Texans in the sixth round in 2013, but sustained a season-ending foot injury before appearing in a game. The following June he was diagnosed with cancer and spent three years fighting the disease before being declared cancer-free and returning to practice in May. He was cut before the season, but signed to the practice squad the next day, where he remained until his promotion this week.

“To overcome what he’s overcome, to be able to step back onto the field in an NFL football game, is an incredible accomplishment for him,” O’Brien said. “And I know for him, he’s such a driven guy, he really wants to go out there and play well.”

And O’Brien was quick to point out that he earned his spot on the roster.

“He doesn’t want to just show up and (say): ‘Yeah, thank you.’ This isn’t a pat on the back,” O’Brien said. “This is a roster move. He’s gotten better every week this week on the practice squad and we think he can help us.”

The 27-year-old lauded his family for their support during his treatment and is excited to share the moment with them on Monday.

“I’m sure it’s going to be special for them. Finally,” he said. “We talked about it and dreamed it and worked for it and now it’s here. For me, I get to play on Monday … on Christmas. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Quessenberry’s fight with cancer has served as an inspiration for many who are dealing with the disease and he has continued to spend time with cancer patients at local hospitals since his recovery. He wasn’t always comfortable with the notoriety he gained as he worked to beat cancer, but has since made peace with it.

“That was hard for me at first just because I don’t always want to be known like this,” he said. “But then I’ve talked to so many patients and survivors and they’ve said that my story gives them hope or inspiration and that’s something that means a lot to me and something that I’m willing to bear and something that I’ve embraced.”

In June he was honored by the Pro Football Writers of America as the recipient of the George Halas Award. It’s an award given annually to an NFL coach, player or staff member who overcomes adversity to succeed.

Quarterback T.J. Yates, who has known Quessenberry since he was drafted couldn’t be happier for his friend and said his journey belongs in a storybook.

“To see how far he’s come back and to see his body transformation once he got sick, how much weight he lost. How much muscle he lost,” Yates said.

“To work as hard as he did to come back and to get to this point and to get this opportunity, it’s really cool.”

Receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Quessenberry are two of only three players left on Houston’s roster from the 2013 draft.

Since they joined the team the same year, Hopkins has been around to see Quessenberry’s entire path to recovery and has been one of his biggest cheerleaders as he returned to the field.

“That’s amazing for what he’s overcome – cancer,” Hopkins said. “Just for him to even be able to be normal in life and not just come out on the football field, but just be a normal person, a lot of people don’t come back from that, especially what he had and how bad it was. For a guy in my (rookie) class especially, I feel a little bit more happy for him because not many from my class are still here.”

Quessenberry knows it will be emotional when he steps on the field on Monday for his first game. But after working so hard and for so many years to get to this point, he’s not going to let his feelings get in the way of his chance to perform for the Texans, whose offensive line has been decimated by injuries.

“I’m excited just to cut it loose and just play ball and just be like a normal player,” he said. “I’m in the game plan. I’m really excited to suit up and play on Monday.”

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With a quarter of a season left it’s fairly obvious the Bears aren’t very good. A jaw-droppingly dreadful home loss to the formerly one-win 49ers is the latest evidence of that sad fact.

Must be the coaches. What have they ever done? John Fox came here a career Super Bowl loser having failed to pull off the trick twice with two different franchises. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had the same position he now holds at yet a third team that lost a Super Bowl.

Castigate coaches all you like, but it is a time-honored belief that coaches can’t coach if their players can’t play. Let’s be polite and say the Bears’ talent is lacking.

How far short is it? When the Bears face the Browns on Christmas Eve at Soldier Field, four experts contacted for this story believe it will be a battle between the two worst rosters in the NFL. At least the Browns have a ton of draft picks to fall back on.

“Yeah, I think their offense is the easiest in the NFL to game plan,’’ a longtime coach admitted.

It’s a formula the Bears see every week: stop the run; make them throw; cover them man-to-man on passing downs and watch the receivers fail to separate.

The Bears defense was keeping them in games earlier in the season, but they are a shadow of their former selves with multiple injury concerns at pass rusher, inside linebacker and safety. Once upon a time the Bears also boasted a power running game before injuries and inconsistency on the line and at running back took a toll.

It has been a theme with the Bears. Injuries follow the franchise like night follows day. The team used a strategy of pretending it was all bad luck after last year’s three-win, injury-plagued season. They didn’t make aggressive, drastic changes in staff or procedure. Heck, at this point why not try a shaman or a faith healer, even a witch doctor?

From the lofty heights of a 3-4 record with victories over the Steelers, Ravens and Panthers, the Bears have been stacking losses like Lego pieces. If every setback were a springboard to greatness the Bears would be a Super Bowl contender.

Sadly, that is not how it works in the NFL. Fox and his staff will be out of work at the end of the season and kid general manager Ryan Pace will be tasked with getting a younger, more energetic, less experienced and relatively unknown replacement.

Bigger name coaches won’t want Pace picking their players — not when his Plan A keeps failing and Plan B seems incapable of working. There won’t be much faith in a guy who can’t find a player to produce a sack unless he’s claimed off waivers or runs out of safeties to the point of signing a “starter” off the street. The GM has given us a work in progress that hasn’t progressed.

The offensive line is measured via sundial, or at least plays that way, a Pro Bowl receiver was allowed to walk without replacement and the shiny new quarterback to rust unfurnished with nary a playmaker in sight.

Pace will find a coach. You can get anybody to take a job. People want a paycheck. A bigger problem will be finding assistant coaches because most of the really good ones are already under contract around the league.

Any new coach will want to turn over the roster — out with the old and in with the new. Pace can begin another rebuild in the fourth year of his tenure. Blame the bad free agent signings and uneven drafts on the coaches.

But at some point in a private moment maybe he ought to ask himself if it is the coaches or the players, or even the guy stacking the deck?

Why wait three years to draft a quarterback? Shouldn’t Jay Cutler have been released a year ago if you were going to spend more money on one year of Mike Glennon? How’s Marcus Wheaton doing? How can you run out of kickers?

The Bears would own the No. 6 pick if the season ended now despite having the same 3-9 record as the Broncos and Colts. The winless Browns would pick first, followed by the 49ers and Giants (both 2-10). The rest of those teams all have a coach or GM with fewer years on the job than the Bears with Fox and Pace.

Being further along in a rebuild seemingly would indicate the Bears would be getting better instead of worse. Maybe Pace will get it right with a different coach who has a resume as thin as his own. Shouldn’t the Bears at least have to beat the Browns before that is decided?

Mike Mulligan is a special contributor to the Chicago Tribune.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick wants no part of a quarterback controversy, and one surely doesn’t exist in Tampa Bay.

At least, not yet.

Fitzpatrick threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers past the Miami Dolphins 30-20 on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick now has as many wins as the Bucs’ starter this season — two, in two tries — as Tampa Bay got in Jameis Winston’s starts over the season’s first eight outings.

“I like being the Grandpa,” said Fitzpatrick, who turns 35 this week.

Grandpa can still play.

“Real confident, very smart, processes things well and can make plays outside the pocket,” Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans said. “He’s similar to Jameis. We have two really good quarterbacks.”

Winston has been dealing with an injury to his throwing shoulder, and it’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined. He’s got some off-the-field issues dogging him again as well, after it was learned last week that the NFL is investigating an allegation that he groped a female Uber driver in 2016 — a claim that Winston has denied.

None of that mattered on the field Sunday, anyway, with Fitzpatrick completing 22 of 37 passes and leading what essentially was the winning drive in the final 3 minutes after Miami tied the game.

Fitzpatrick got the Bucs into range for an easy field goal by Patrick Murray, and Tampa Bay got a touchdown as time expired when the Dolphins fumbled away a last-ditch, lateral-filled kickoff return.

“I thought we really stepped up at the end there,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was tough getting things going in the second half. We had a couple of possessions where I think we had seven plays in the third quarter. Games are going to have those ebbs and flows.”

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter couldn’t heap enough praise onto Fitzpatrick after the win.

“Heck, he’s 2-0 as a starter … a calm, professional leader,” Koetter said. “When you go get a veteran backup like that, that’s what you’re looking for.”

The Buccaneers (4-6) still have playoff hopes — slim, but existent — because of their backup.

The Dolphins (4-6) may have to ask their backup to find a way to keep them hanging on as well.

Matt Moore took over at halftime when Jay Cutler was diagnosed with a concussion, and completed 17 of 28 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown that tied the game at 20-20 — after Miami trailed 20-7 when he took the field for the first time.

“I understand my role,” Moore said. “My role is the backup quarterback on this team and when it’s time to play it’s time to play. Whatever happens, when you get the call to go, there’s obviously excitement, you’re fired up, you’re ready to go. I’ve done this for a long time.”

He might have to do it again next week against the king of the NFL mountain: Miami goes to New England next Sunday.

Here’s some of what to know after the Bucs’ win over the Dolphins:
IT GETS NO EASIER

The Dolphins are in huge trouble. They play New England twice in the next three weeks. They’re looking at probable cold-weather games at Buffalo and Kansas City on Dec. 17 and Dec. 24. And they have only one game left against a team currently below the .500 mark — that would be Denver at home on Dec. 3. Add in the injuries, roster shake-ups and now Cutler’s status, and things look bleak at best.
NEEDED ROAD WIN

Put simply, this was a road win that the Buccaneers needed to have after six consecutive losses away from Raymond James Stadium. They’re on the road each of the next two weeks as well, first at Atlanta and then at Green Bay. It will be far from an easy finish, but at least this win may give the Bucs some hope.
THREEPEAT

Fitzpatrick has now won on the Dolphins’ home field as a starter for three different teams. He beat the Dolphins in 2010 while with the Buffalo Bills, in 2015 while with the New York Jets, and now with the Bucs. In 11 appearances against Miami, he’s 6-5.
STILLS’ BIG DAY

Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills caught seven passes for a career-best 180 yards — matching the seventh-most by a receiver in Miami history.

Stills’ previous career best was 162 yards at Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 2014, and he hauled in the 61-yard touchdown pass from Moore late in the fourth quarter to get the Dolphins even.
NO RUN

Take away Damien Williams’ 69-yard run on the second Miami snap from scrimmage, and neither team got a ground game going. Tampa Bay ran the ball 24 times for 53 yards; the Dolphins, without that big Williams run, had 14 yards on 18 carries. Williams’ nine other carries went for a total of 9 yards.

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Washington kicker Nick Rose made a 56-yard field goal with a little over a minute left to play to cut the Vikings’ lead to 38-30. But Rose’s onsides kick didn’t travel the required 10 yards, giving the ball to Minnesota and allowing the Vikings to kneel to run out the clock and win the game. The Redskins drop to 4-5.

Vikings kick a field goal, extend lead to 38-27

In three-plus seasons as a member of the Redskins, Vikings kicker Kai Forbath’s longest field goal was 50 yards. Now a member of the Vikings and returning to FedEx Field, Forbath drilled a 53-yarder midway through the fourth quarter that could prove to be crucial. The kick gave the Vikings a 38-27, making this a two-possession game. Kirk Cousins and Co. will have to score twice in the next seven and a half minutes to challenge Minnesota.

D.J. Swearinger’s second interception leads to Redskins touchdown as Vikings’ lead is cut to 35-27

He calls himself two spoons. Well, D.J. Swearinger now has two interceptions after snagging another pass from Case Keenum. Although he fumbled out of bounds on the return, it gave Washington’s offense the ball at the 2-yard line. Kirk Cousins scored his second rushing touchdown two plays later on a read-option play to make it a one-score game, 35-27, with 14:47 left in the fourth quarter.

And finally a mistake from Case Keenum. Now the Redskins will have to show whether they can capitalize. Keenum was enjoying a near-flawless game with a lot of good pass protection. The Redskins have zero sacks and just two quarterback hits. But then Keenum floated a pass that was destined for Redskins’ hands, and sure enough. D.J. Swearinger came down with it, his first pick since joining Washington as a free agent this offseason. Washington’s offense took the field with a bit of momentum and in need of a score to make the final quarter here competitive.

Redskins cut Vikings’ lead to 35-20

Washington kicker Nick Rose made a 21-yard field goal with 8:28 left in the third quarter after the Redskins’ drive stalled at the Vikings’ 3-yard line, bringing the score to 35-20 in favor of Minnesota.

Minnesota extends lead to 35-17 as Case Keenum throws his fourth touchdown pass

This game flipped quickly, and just two and a half minutes into the second half, the Vikings suddenly raced out to a 35-17 lead and the Redskins were left searching for answers, especially on the defensive end. The Washington defense has allowed a touchdown on five of the Vikings’ first six drives this afternoon. The latest was a 72-yard drive on just six plays to open the third quarter, capped by Case Keenum’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright.

Keenum is having quite the afternoon. He’s 14-of-18 passing for 250 yards and four touchdowns. His 158.3 passer rating is perfect.

Vikings lead 28-17 at halftime after Cousins interception

Kirk Cousins was intercepted by Vikings defensive back Mackensie Alexander with 1:38 left in the first half, leading to another touchdown by Minnesota and a 28-17 lead heading into halftime.

Just when it appeared the Redskins had a chance to take the lead before halftime, they now trail by two scores. Cousins threw a costly interception, a pass intended for Jamison Crowder that sailed over his hands, and Minnesota was able to double-dip with two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to take a 28-17 lead.

The Vikings have had the ball for just over 11 minutes, yet they’ve gained 247 total yards. Washington’s secondary has struggled defending Minnesota wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, who have 10 combined catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Adam Thielen touchdown catch gives Vikings a 21-17 advantage

Minnesota engineered a six-play, 71-yard touchdown drive that took fewer than three minutes off the clock, scoring on Case Keenum’s 7-yard TD pass to Adam Thielen.

One week after turning in one of their best defensive performances of the season, this one has been pretty uneven for the Redskins. Keenum has faced little pressure, and the Washington secondary has given up some big plays. DeAngelo Hall, Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland have all been beat soundly in coverage at some point in the opening half of play.

On this Vikings’ scoring drive, receiver Thielen beat Breeland for a 38-yard gain that put the Vikings in the red zone. Thielen hauled in a 17-yard catch on the next snap and then two plays later caught a 7-yard touchdown pass to give Minnesota a 21-17 lead.

Redskins take a 17-14 lead on Kirk Cousins’ QB sneak

Washington finished off a 13-play, 60-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kirk Cousins on a quarterback sneak. The biggest play on a drive was a 32-yard catch and run by Jamison Crowder.

Washington’s offensive line is healthy, and it has made a significant difference on the run game, as seen on this drive. The unit was able to get some great push in the running game against a talented Vikings defensive line, which is playing without Everson Griffen, guiding Washington’s offense down the field on a 13-play drive that lasted over seven minutes.

Vikings take a 14-10 lead with Diggs touchdown

Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum connected with wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, giving the Vikings a 14-10 advantage.

Kirk Cousins has an impressive first quarter

The Redskins carried a 10-7 lead into the second quarter, and Kirk Cousins seems to be benefiting from the healthy offensive line in front of him. He’s making the most of his time in the pocket and is spreading the ball around effectively. Five different Washington players registered at least one catch in the opening quarter — and not a single one of them was a tight end.

Cousins’ first quarter numbers: 10-of-12 passing for 110 yards and a touchdown and a passer rating of 132.6. Cousins often finds himself looking first at his tight ends or running backs in short-yardage situations, but in the first quarter he targeted his wide receivers six times, which resulted in six receptions.

Redskins take a 10-7 lead

Washington got a field goal out of a 10-play, 52-yard drive at the end of the first quarter. The Redskins converted a fourth down play with a pass from Kirk Cousins to running back Chris Thompson. Running back Rob Kelley appeared to injure his knee on one play.

Vikings tie game at 7-7

Minnesota answered the Redskins’ scoring drive with one of its own. Latavius Murray scored on a one-yard run two plays after Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs for a long completion.

We haven’t seen Josh Norman get beat deep much, if at all, this season. But he got caught cheating during the first defensive possession. Diggs got about two steps on Norman during his 51-yard reception on the third play of the drive. Diggs, a Maryland product, got Minnesota down to the 2-yard line, and Murray scored two plays later. It was an uncharacteristic play for Norman, who has been the shutdown corner Washington had hoped he would be when he signed in 2016, leading to a quick response by Minnesota.

Redskins take early 7-0 lead

Maurice Harris made a spectacular one-handed diving catch for a touchdown to give Washington an early 7-0 lead. The catch capped off a seven-play, 75-yard drive that took just over four minutes.

Minnesota cornerback Trae Waynes is going to watch film of Harris’s 36-yard reception and shake his head. There’s not much he could’ve done to prevent that one. Harris came up with a highlight-reel, diving one-handed grab as he tumbled inside the pylon for the Redskins’ first score of the game. The catch was initially ruled incomplete, but after a review, it was clear that Harris successfully made the grab inbounds. Harris was promoted to the active roster just one day earlier, and has given the Washington offense plenty of momentum out of the gate.

Reunited and it feels so good

Actually, given the injuries they’ll play through, it probably is going to hurt a bit for the Washington Redskins’ offensive line. The toughness of that unit will be on full display Sunday as the entire starting unit will suit up for the first time since Washington’s Week 7 game against Philadelphia. Since that game every member of the starting unit has missed some amount of game time, whether it was just a few plays, in the case of right tackle Morgan Moses, or several games, as is the case for Trent Williams.

Despite a right-knee injury that will require surgery to correct, Williams is suiting up and will play Sunday vs. the Vikings, joining Shawn Lauvao (who missed time with a stinger), Brandon Scherff (knee) and Moses (ankles) in the trenches. Chase Roullier is starting at center for the injured Spencer Long (knee), who is active.

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A pack of Miami Dolphins notes as the team begins preparations for Sunday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders:

With Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi being introduced in Philadelphia today following his trade Tuesday, the Dolphins are moving on toward finding his successor.

And that successor’s name is Damien Kenyan Senorise Williams Drake Perry.

Coach Adam Gase on Wednesday declined to say the new starting running back will be — perhaps because it might not matter immediately until Kenyan Drake or Damien Williams or Senorise Perry separate from one another and fall into more defined roles.

“We’ll see how it works out,” Gase said. “We’re going to go through practice this week and see what fits. I like the three guys we got, their skills sets. We’ll be able to maximize what they do well.”

So what do these guys do well?

Gase said he was told when he arrived that “when the lights come on on Sunday, [Williams] is one of the guys you want with you.”

The coach added, “he’s done nothing but make plays.”

Williams has rushed 12 times for 32 yards (2.7 yards per carry) without a touchdown this season.

On Drake, Gase said assuming he’ll be the starter is “speculation,” but added, “We feel he fits the mold we’re looking for in that backfield.”

Drake has 10 rushes for 25 yards this season (2.5 YPC average).

And Perry, according to Gase, “has knowledge of this offense. He’s been with me enough to where when you know what a guy can do, there’s a comfort level there.”

So it’s going to be a group situation for now.

“I like the fact they’re able to catch the ball, they’re able to run good routes, they’re able to run the ball inside and outside. They’re physical. It’s something we like their skill sets,” Gase said.

So what’s Gase’s explanation for trading Ajayi?

“I think it was just time for us to move on,” the coach said. “We’ve had conversations about what we’re going to do down the road. We felt this was a good opportunity. We kind of put some feelers out to see where other teams were at. We got some younger players there we felt we’re going to move forward with and that was the decision we came to.”

So are the Dolphins better today than before they traded Ajayi?

“I like where we’re at right now,” Gase said before adding, “We didn’t inquire about anyone else. We’ll see how it goes from here on out but as for right now, I like the group I got.”

Gase’s explanation for ultimately moving on from Ajayi hinted at what I reported the Dolphins felt as reasons for dumping Ajayi but didn’t come out and actually say it.

“We’ve had ups and downs but that’s with a lot of players,” Gase said of Ajayi. “It’s a lot of players and getting on the same page and sharing the philosophy of how we want to do things. He tried to do what we were asking him to do a majority of the time … It was just time for us to go separate ways.”

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The Dolphins are 4-3 and coming off a debacle on prime time last Thursday. So changes are afoot in how the team approaches preparations.

“We’re not going to stay the same,” Gase said. “We’re not going to keep doing the same thing and bang our head against the wall. We made some changes with how we’re meeting, how we’re going to walk thru, how we’re going to schedule things, how we’re going to practice. We’re going to make changes.

“I’m not talking about personnel, I talking about the way we’re going about things. The way we’re teaching. They way we game plan. That’s what we should be doing. If we sit here and do the same thing over and over again … we’re really kidding ourselves. We have to find the right way to teach, the right way to learn and find what allows us to execute on Sunday.”

I like this. There’s something to be said for having a conviction about how one approaches work. But when that approach shows itself to be less than perfect, changes and adjustments are in order. So, good.

“When things start to go off track, it’s you job to go find solutions,” Gase said.

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Quarterback Jay Cutler is practicing on Wednesday and is scheduled to start against the Raiders. But Gase seemed to draw back from the idea Cutler is definitely going to be the starter.

“We’ll see how he feels in practice, after practice,” Gase said. “Matt took a lot of shots last week and he’s trying to recover from that as well. He’s still a little sore. He took too many shots. We’ll see how this week goes and Matt’s always ready to go and we’ll see how Jay feels.”

Gase said there is no significant chance Cutler can cause further damage to his two cracked ribs if he takes another hit in the area.

“It sounds like we’re going to be ok in that area. I’m sure it’s not going to feel good … We need to do a good job to make sure he’s protected. Hopefully we have a good sense of urgency.”

Jarvis Landry was not traded. And Gase repeated the team’s leading receiver, unsigned and scheduled for free agency in 2018, remains very much in the team’s plan.

Sort of …

“We told him a long time ago he wasn’t going anywhere,” Gase said. “We have a vision for what we want that wide receiver room to look like and we expect him to be a huge part of that. However that works out down the road, that’s hard for me to say because I don’t negotiate the contracts.

“I’ll blame Mike [Tannenbaum] on that one.”

Yes, there’s uncertainty there. But

“I like that group. I like that group a lot. We have a lot of guys that are trying to do it right and will fight the entire game. I think that’s why we see some moments where things look really good. We just have to find ways to improve. We just got to keep being on the details and accountable to each other.”

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