Adam Gase says it was just time to move on without Jay Ajayi

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase spoke to the media on Wednesday for the first time since the Dolphins traded running back Jay Ajayi to the Eagles and offered a few explanations for why the team decided to make a move involving the running back at this point.

Gase said the team had conversations about where they wanted to go at running back down the road — Ajayi is signed through next season on his rookie deal — and has “some younger players there we felt we’re going to move forward with.” As a result, they thought it was “just time for us to move on” without their leading rusher.

Gase also addressed reports of locker room issues with Ajayi without denying they played a role in the call to make a move.

“We’ve had ups and downs but that’s with a lot of players,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “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.”

Kenyan Drake, Damien Williams and Senorise Perry are now the backs in Miami and Gase said he likes “where we’re at right now” without delving into how the workload will be divvied up against the Raiders on Sunday night.

22 responses to “Adam Gase says it was just time to move on without Jay Ajayi

  1. Well it would seem like Miami is has decided that their season is over. Because if you don’t have a running game you also don’t have a passing game because one goes with the other.

  2. He’s had a horrible year. He had a pretty decent year last year. Nothing spectacular. I don’t get all the hype about this trade.

  3. With a paltry fourth round pick in return, I have 100% confidence the Fns will lose big on this trade. What will they get from a late fourth rounder ?

  4. There is more to this story, But i am betting that Gase and him had some conflicts and he felt he was bigger then the team. He had a decent season last year. This year not so much. maybe it was a fluke? But this is a bottom line business and if you are not doing what you are asked you will be gone. Jarvis, pay attn.. You may be next !!!

  5. factschecker says:
    November 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm
    He’s had a horrible year. He had a pretty decent year last year. Nothing spectacular. I don’t get all the hype about this trade.

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    Miami . . . is having a horrible year. – no stability on their OL or QB position
    He has a very quick first step. He will thrive in 4th quarters.

  6. With a paltry fourth round pick in return, I have 100% confidence the Fns will lose big on this trade. What will they get from a late fourth rounder ?
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    Ajayi himself was a 5th round pick. Think about what you are saying here. Are you suggesting that it would be a long shot to replace a guy your team selected in the 5th round with a 4th round pick?

  7. While Ajay has not had a great season, have you seen the blocking he has run behind? he takes one step and gets hit….he has no blocking.

    He has shown with some blocking he can be a very productive back, so this makes no sense
    or dolphins are in full tank mode also? They want to try to draft a qb to replace tannenhill?

  8. He was complaining to teammates and position coaches about his usage, even when they won. He didn’t understand the playbook, he tried to make the big play instead of just getting the few yards needed, He couldn’t practice due to his knees, long term concerns about his knees, he couldn’t catch, Drake is Gase’s draft pick and fit’s the Moreno/Forte mold better than Ajayi……Does that answer your questions on why they moved on?

  9. I agree with the Dolphins and Gase on this move. Kenyan Drake who is very fast, better at catching the ball out of the backfield than Ajayi needs an opportunity. I’m just disappointed the Dolphins were not able to unload Jarvis Landry for some value. The defense and the kicker are winning the games for the Dolphins; It’s certainly not the offense. The Dolphin’s management have obviously concluded this!

  10. Really! Gase is an idiot. I am sure some of you posting on this one are either very young, are not Dolphin fans or dare I say idiots. I liked Jay thought he was a good player but I don’t think what he done last year couldn’t have been done by someone else the way Oline performed for those few weeks. It always seemed to be big gains or no gains with Ajayi which was particularly frustrating.

  11. If character was such a high priority, and it certainly should be, why did the Dolphins draft this kid? He looked like a good player, but the scouts that did their homework didn’t want anything to do with him. Didn’t the Dolphins’ scouts do their homework?

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