Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase apparently still has some ill will toward the Denver Broncos.
With about 10 minutes remaining in the game and his team holding a 33-9 lead, Gase called for an onside kick that was successfully recovered by the Dolphins.
While Gase’s decision to attempt an onside kick in that situation was technically his prerogative, it did break an unwritten rule of the NFL. And, the Broncos aren’t happy about it.
“He’s mad at somebody in this organization,” Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said via Jeff Legwold of ESPN. “It looked like he was trying to embarrass us. But I guess that’s what happens; they haven’t won too many games; [this was] a big game for them. Guess he wanted to take it personal and guess he still had some bad blood left over from before.”
Outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett added, “I was pissed.”
As Harris noted, Gase has a history with the Broncos. He served as Denver’s quarterbacks coach from 2011-12, and then took over as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2013-14. In 2013, he guided the highest-scoring offense in NFL history. His tenure in Denver didn’t end on great terms, though, as he was passed over in favor of Gary Kubiak when the Broncos were in search of a new head coach in 2015.
“Gase is a savage,” wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “He loves to win, he loves to embarrass you. That [the onside kick] doesn’t surprise you.”
“The way I guess he left the Denver Broncos, he wasn’t satisfied, so he went onside,” wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said. “He kicked the onside, and he got it, and he was happy about it. He got them a win and we still trying to find one.”
“That’s ‘Goose,’ man,” running back C.J. Anderson said. “He sees blood in the water, he’s just going to attack it.”