The Dolphins will leave South Beach on Thursday to fly to Seattle in preparation for their Week 1 opener against the Seahawks.
Adam Gase, the Miami Dolphins new head coach, discussed the reasoning behind the early departure on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
“Just kind of some of the research that we did with guys from other sports, as far as guys going from East Coast to West Coast,” Gase said. “With this being the first game of the year, we were actually able to do it and we felt like if we could get out there a day earlier than we normally do, we felt like we had a chance to get our guys out and practice, but we could use that Thursday as a travel day. We were able to do a short meeting on Thursday, jump on the plane, get there. We’re going to do one thing so we can get guys kind of moving around a little bit, then practice Friday and Saturday do our walk through. We just wanted to try to give our guys the best chance they could to feel as good as they could heading into Sunday.”
Lengthy road trips aren’t uncommon. Many teams have left a day or two early when traveling across county. Some teams have even been away from home for nearly two weeks due to back-to-back long road trips.
The flight from Miami to Seattle is the longest intracontinental trip on the NFL schedule this season.
The Dolphins last traveled to Seattle in 2004.