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Adam Gase calls Miami Dolphins "inept"

By Alex Butler
Adam Gase calls Miami Dolphins "inept"
Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Peter Carroll, right, talks to Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase during warmups at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on September 11, 2016. Seahawks came from behind to beat the Dolphins 12-10. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

MIAMI, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Clumsy, unskilled, useless, and hopeless are all synonyms for what Adam Gase thinks of the Miami Dolphins' offense.

After the Dolphins' 30-17 loss Sunday to the Tennessee Titans, the first year head coach didn't hold his tongue when asked about quarterback Ryan Tannehill & Co.

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"We're inept right now," Gase said. "We've just got to figure something out. We tried to slow it down today, and huddle, and we only had 41 plays and eat up 23 minutes. We're not getting enough first downs. We had a chance there on the third-and-1, and the ball gets batted down. We think we're on our way right now. We've just got to go back to work. We've got to clean up some of these things. There's nothing really great that I can point to in this game, especially for the offense."

Fans attending the game screamed for Gase to swap his starting quarterback for backup Matt Moore. "We want Moore. We want Moore," they chanted.

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But Gase isn't budging. He responded to the question by saying Tannehill will "be in there the rest of the season." Tannehill has thrown seven interceptions in his previous four games and has been sacked 17 times this season. He has thrown for one touchdown or fewer in three out of five games under Gase.

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"I just have to keep playing," Tannehill said when asked if he heard the fans calling for his job. "I have to play my game, keep my focus on the things I need to do and play for the guys around me. I go out and play the way they expect me to play. So, do I like it? No, but it doesn't affect how I play or how I think about myself."

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Cornerbacks Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox, and former Miami Dolphins playmaker Brice McCain limited Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry to three catches for 28 yards. The Titans' secondary has stonewalled opposing No. 1 wide receivers all season.

After squeaking by the Cleveland Browns in Week 3, the Dolphins come off of a loss to face the Pittsburgh Steelers at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16. You can bet Gase's squad will be better prepared to face another stud running back, after allowing 235 rushing yards to DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Still, Le'Veon Bell could be a tougher task.

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"It comes down to tackling and execution," Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. "I think it's as simple as that. We didn't accomplish those two things. They have two great running backs and we didn't shut them down."

Suh, who signed a six-year, $114 million deal with the Dolphins last season, had 2.5 sacks through five weeks.

"We're in a tough situation...1-4," Suh said. "But there's a lot of football left. We've got two more home games before our bye. We need to finish out strong and get prepared for the Steelers."

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