Gase confident Dolphins will be fine despite having start of season disrupted by Hurricane Irma

Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel on

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OXNARD, Calif. -- The Miami Dolphins have faced quite a bit of adversity during Adam Gase's brief tenure as the team's head coach, and have handled it well, rallying back from a 1-4 start last season to qualify for the playoffs.

Miami's resiliency is why Gase didn't seem concerned Wednesday about the team experiencing a hangover from Hurricane Irma as the Dolphins returned to practice in preparation for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, which will be their first game of the season.

"Some of the challenges we met last year, and going into this year, everything hasn't always been smooth," said Gase, who is referring to Miami losing three starters to season-ending injuries during the preseason. "They battle, and fight, and handle adversity as good as any 1/8team3/8 I've been around."

That fight began last week when the NFL decided to reschedule last week's home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Nov. 19, which happened to be the bye week for both teams.

After that decision came down half the team left the state, and so did Gase and many of his assistant coaches.

Once it was decided that the Dolphins would spend the week in Los Angeles, and that family members of the coaches and players would accompany the team on a charter paid for by Dolphins owner Steve Ross, the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams assisted the team's transition to California.

The Dolphins are using the Cowboys' practice facility at Oxnard, Calif. And the Rams staff helped the coaching and auxiliary staff set up the hotel Miami's staying at.

Miami's coaches didn't begin preparing for the Chargers until Saturday.

"Control what you can control and know you're going to play a game Sunday," Gase said. "Know that we've got to get ready, and these guys are glad to be back out here."

Returning to practice has provided many Dolphins players a necessary distract from what's taking place in South Florida.

"It's just having an opportunity to take my mind off a little bit of what's going on back home in Florida and focus on what's important out here," said defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. "Obviously we're not worried about football and taking care of that stuff. Obviously the real world hits hard, but it is part of life.

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