Mike Pouncey says Dolphins got the message from the Jay Ajayi trade

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The Dolphins got chewed out by coach Adam Gase after Thursday’s loss, and then running back Jay Ajayi got sent packing. Dolphins center Mike Pouncey says the rest of the team got the message.

Pouncey said today that the locker room understands Gase means business, and players who want to remain in Miami had better buy in to what he’s doing.

“He said, ‘This is where we’re at, this is where we’re going to go; if you’re not on board, you’re going to be the hell out of there,’” Pouncey said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Multiple Dolphins players said they were surprised Ajayi was traded, and Pouncey didn’t sound thrilled about it, even if he understands why the decision was made.

“It sucks. It could be any one of us. Jay was really good to us,” Pouncey said.

And Gase has let the team know that other really good players could be sent packing as well, if they’re not buying into his expectations.

66 responses to “Mike Pouncey says Dolphins got the message from the Jay Ajayi trade

  1. So you wanted to send a message to Jay Ajayi so they traded him to the team with the best record in football in need of a lead back?? Sure. Makes sense.

  2. Good! I’m glad we finally got a coach with balls and a direction. No way I can compare him to Belichick, but it sounds a lot of how he got the patriots to where they are today, buy in or get out! You hear too many times about these players getting complacent. Its like any other job in the world (short of being paid millions), do whats asked of you or your fired. Welcome to the real world!

  3. “Jay, as punishment we’re sending you to the playoffs while we watch from the comfort of our homes. So there.”

  4. Just a quick reminder: as a back in college, Ajayi had 51 TD’s in his last 2 years. It doesn’t matter where you go to college, those are some serious numbers.
    Eagles just got their franchise running back for the next 7 years.

  5. Most players don’t seem to realize they’re hired help. The NFL was here before them and will be here after they’re gone.

  6. Gase is just too young to be a head coach. Players are not taking him seriously. Insubordination is not all that uncommon when the boss is younger.

  7. Just a quick reminder: as a back in college, Ajayi had 51 TD’s in his last 2 years. It doesn’t matter where you go to college, those are some serious numbers.
    Eagles just got their franchise running back for the next 7 years.
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    Trent Richardson, Tim Tebow, RG3, Matt Leinart, Brian Bosworth……shall I keep going?

  8. With very few exceptions, running backs are a dime a dozen and have a very short shelf life.

    Ajayi was great last year. He hasn’t been the same player this year. Maybe he’ll revert to his previous form. Maybe this is his new reality.

    Gase seems like he knows what he’s doing, so I’ll be very surprised if Ajayi is the Eagles “franchise running back for the next 7 years”.

  9. Gase is Miami’s version of Chip Kelly. The Bills are very happy with Shady for Kiko and thanks to Gase/Tannenbaum the Eagles finally have a suitable replacement for the absurdly low price of a late 4th rounder. Thanks Gase/Tannenbaum for the boost to our SB chances. When you lose 40-0 maybe the coach should be looking in the mirror for the problem.

  10. November 1, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    So you wanted to send a message to Jay Ajayi so they traded him to the team with the best record in football in need of a lead back?? Sure. Makes sense.

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    THat’s one way of looking at it.

    Another way is your place of employment just went from Miami to Philly.

  11. Top NFL talent doesn’t grow on trees. Ajayi by all accounts is a decent kid, and he apparently is talented enough to have carried the team on his back during two of their wins this year. Chip Kelley shipped out Shady and DJax and Evan Mathis who were interesting characters but good players and not actually troublemakers, and guess what it made the team worse and ultimately cost him his job.

  12. If wish they could trade guys like Pouncey, but his Contract is absurd. Most of Dolphins fans are upset that Ajayi is gone, but it makes sense. He was late to meetings, loafed at practice ran the plays wrong, can’t block (or care to learn protection packages) and was 62% in receptions. I don’t think we can do worse with Kenyan Drake. The problem is the O-Line. Ajayi would get 200 yds and then 37 the next week. The Play Calling was hampered by him. When he was was a 2 down back. The bland play calling is because of this. Plain and simple, I wish him the best with Philly. He is not being rewarded because Philly is good this year… he will have to earn his carries and eventually earn a new Contract. We shall see. Gase deserves some unconditional Support. If he has 2 years of 40-0’s then of course we scream for his head, but he took players from a roster that was not his guys and won 10 games. Give him a chance. The Bills cut players left snd right and recipe is working.

  13. Some of you are missing the point. Yes, Jay was sent to a better team and on their way to the playoffs, but Gase’s message is, you don’t follow instructions “YOU WON’T BE HERE”. He could care less if Jay has a great season in Philly, Gase has a job to do, and Jay was making that difficult. At first, I was upset about this trade but, as I hear more about the issue, I am feeling a bit more comfortable with the move.

  14. Had to laugh at the “Gase seems to know what he’s doing”. He shows that by picking Captain cancer Jay Cutler as his quarterback

  15. Had to laugh at the “Gase seems to know what he’s doing”. He shows that by picking Captain cancer Jay Cutler as his quarterback
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    Dolphins are 13-4 over the past 17 games despite all of the issues they have/are dealing with…. What’s your favorite teams record over that span? only two other teams have been better so unless it’s the Pat’s or Chiefs, I’d say Gase knows more that you.

  16. “Another way is your place of employment just went from Miami to Philly.”

    Only thing that changes is weather, Miami is good for south beach and what not but not really a good city otherwise. Also got NYC in the area, and the NYC club life, etc. ALong with Baltimore and what not. So yeah, just went from a struggling team to the best team in the NFL with the only change really being the weather.

    WHat a good message to send.

  17. Adam Gase seems to be indicating if you get the opportunities to carry the ball or the targets as a wide receiver; The only option is to get yardage, move the ball consistently for 1st downs and win! Jarvis Landry be aware that making 8 receptions for 30 yards and not winning is not acceptable!

  18. Insubordination is not all that uncommon when the boss is younger

    And those people are losers. I’ve been the young boss and had good older people help me a great deal, and now sometimes I work for young bosses and treat them with the utmost respect when they deserve it.

  19. The big picture here is simple, do as you are told or be gone. I don’t care who you are. And Jay isn’t as good as everyone makes him out to be. Don’t take the turkey out of the oven yet. Give Gase a full 2nd season and then determine if you think he is a good coach or not.
    But from what I’ve read and hear Jay was always late to meetings, could not block worth a darn, hands of stone and a crybaby when he did not get the ball. No room for me 1st on a team sport. Good move Miami and pay attention Jarvis or you are next!!

  20. And 13-4 over the last 17 games is pretty darn good. Especially given what they have gone through with key injuries etc. As a die hard fan I won’t form an opinion until the season is over.

  21. ud1hens says:
    November 1, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    So you wanted to send a message to Jay Ajayi so they traded him to the team with the best record in football in need of a lead back?? Sure. Makes sense.

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    They sent him to the team that made the best offer. He got lucky that is was the front runner is all. So if you are thinking loafing on Gase will pay off you need to pause and understand the dice you are rolling. Especially if you look at which teams in the league have the most on hand to make offers with.

  22. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    Gase is just too young to be a head coach. Players are not taking him seriously.
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    Gosh the youngest head coach in modern NFL history is Sean McVay. I think his team is taking him seriously. Very seriously.

  23. HurtsToReadComments says:
    November 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm
    Pretty sad when “professional” athletes getting paid big $$$ just to play a sport need reminded to show up, work hard, and listen to their boss

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    There is a sense of entitlement that is just mind boggling with some of these guys. They actually believe their salaries are owed to them just for being them and its wrong to expect them to earn it. Its why some if these guys being paid millions of dollars to do a job then balk and object at being asked to meet the requirements of the job. (Im talking about behavior and work ethic both here) Lets face it, we have heard guys being paid millions of dollars, money guys like you and I will never see, start crying about how they feel like slaves over being asked to do anything in return. They have free rights to pass on the million dollar paycheck if they dont like the job requirements, even walk away from one. But it seems that for all their crying about their rights they dont want to exercise them when they come down to if. What they are really saying is that they think they should just be given the big checks with nothing owed in return for them.

  24. Ajayi is free from a coach that has no clue. How many Jay Cutler screw ups do we have to see to know that the team should have been pounding the rock instead of thinking that Cutler was the 2nd coming of Peyton Manning.

    The other players are envious that they were not traded to a playoff bound team.

  25. He sure got the message
    agreed with prior comment–will every player that wants to go for a better team start to act out and complain? Maybe more will demand a trade to the Eagles or any team with a better record than the Dolphins!

  26. thegame2love says:
    November 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm
    Ajayi is free from a coach that has no clue. How many Jay Cutler screw ups do we have to see to know that the team should have been pounding the rock instead of thinking that Cutler was the 2nd coming of Peyton Manning.

    The other players are envious that they were not traded to a playoff bound team.

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    I dont think they saw Cutler that way. I think they saw him as the least awful choice whete there were no good ones.

  27. Helps that he chose a player who has an arthritic knee that was flagged by many teams in the draft. That was the reason he slid to the 5th round even though he was a 2nd round talent. He can’t even practice on a regular basis, doubt he gets that much action in Philly. It was a good calculated move by Gase and the Dolphins.

  28. Gase seems to be coaching like BB. Don’t care to follow the system in New England and BB shows you the door. Seems to be working there and time for culture change is long over due in Miami.

  29. Got the message: No one can have a bigger ego on this team than Gase. We don’t care how much you have contributed. Gase thinks he is more important than Ajayi!Gase will be fired next year or sooner and Ajayi will be around for the next decade.

  30. finsphan says:
    November 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm
    Dolphins are 13-4 over the past 17 games despite all of the issues they have/are dealing with…
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    Not sure why you would arbitrarily select the last 17 games but if you’re going to then it’s better not to embellish the results since the truth is still pretty good. Going back to the bye last season Miami went 7-2 (losing to the only .500 or better teams they faced) to close out the season, 0-1 in the playoffs and they are 4-3 (1 win against a team currently over .500)) so far this season. That makes it 11-6 for the past 17 which is pretty good unless the goal is to beat teams that have winning records which they will have to do against this year’s schedule to get back to the playoffs since 6 of their 9 remaining games are against +.500 teams.

  31. Lol sending a guy to the team with the best record that has a decent shot of making the Super Bowl is not punishment.

    Had the sent him to the Browns, Cincy, Washington, or one of several other crappy teams, or just plain suspended him 4 games for conduct detrimental to the team, that would have been punishment.

    Free flight to join the Eagles? Nope.

  32. As a diehard pats fan from Mass, you also defended AARON HERNANDEZ saying he was “innocent.” So sorry, I want to believe you will do better, but i doubt it.

  33. Why not trade him to the browns? Duh… send him to a team where hes the only back? Nah send him to a team that throws the ball every down and has a crowded backfield lets see how his spoiled baby routine works there

  34. As a diehard pats fan from Mass, you also defended AARON HERNANDEZ saying he was “innocent.”
    ____________
    And your team knew about his affiliations and issues coming out of college and still decided to draft him and pay him $40 mil.

  35. Everyone gets complacent..no matter how much money we make. Fact is, it’s still easier to get rid of a coach then a roster of players. If the players don’t respond, Gase just sh%$ the bed.

  36. After what happened to their OL coach, this team is toast. You can’t recover from that.
    I’d draft three QB’s and sign two free agent qb’s when it comes time just so that they have enough.

  37. So the message here is apparently that if the team isn’t winning, we’re going to send our best players to other teams that are playoff bound. Yeah, that oughta get everybody’s attention in the locker room and make ’em straighten right up. Note to Adam Gase: if you want people to focus and play better, this might not be the way to go about it. Now they’ll all be tanking in hopes of getting traded to playoff contenders just like Ajayi did.

  38. hamlet423 says:
    November 1, 2017 at 7:33 pm
    He sure got the message
    agreed with prior comment–will every player that wants to go for a better team start to act out and complain? Maybe more will demand a trade to the Eagles or any team with a better record than the Dolphins!
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    First, Ajayi didn’t demand the trade.
    Second, a player is just as likely to be traded to a bad team. They should be careful what they demand they may end up on the Browns or 49ers.

  39. Are the Dolphins giving Gase too much power too quick (ala Chip Kelly)? I don’t know. But I do know that coaches, at some point, need to be able to communicate effectively with players. Just ask the Eagles. Chip Kelly wanted to send a message by releasing Desean Jackson and trading Lesean McCoy. The team got the message but were left with very little talent and now Chip Kelly is out of the NFL. The irony here is that the Eagles made this trade because they’re still searching for that RB to replace the guy who Chip tried to make an example out of.

  40. How do you send a message to a team by sending a player to a Super Bowl contender where they will likely not be used as a workhorse and thus very likely add years to their career?

  41. Dolphins are 13-4 over the past 17 games despite all of the issues they have/are dealing with…. What’s your favorite teams record over that span? only two other teams have been better so unless it’s the Pat’s or Chiefs, I’d say Gase knows more that you

    Obviously that record is inflated because he wouldn’t have thrown his team under the bus the way he did

  42. It’s not really about where he sent Ajayi, moreso it’s the fact that he’s no longer a Fin. Gase simply said in his presser “sometimes you gotta move on from guys.”
    Philly supposedly had the best offer, isn’t an in-division/AFC opponent, and Gase clearly didn’t want Ajayi on the team anymore — might as well take it.

  43. The line may have got the message but Tannenbaum missed the chance to trade Ajai to the Texans as part of a deal for Duane Brown their left tackle who had been holding out. We need linemen and we got a 4th round draft pick! Fire this guy!

  44. Let me get this straight. Adam Gase’s answer is to fight with your players and send THEM packing when they were the reason you even made the playoffs last year!!!! Adam Gase, whose answer to Tannehill was to bring back Jay Cutler for all that money. Adam Gase sounds like a forced leader, he does not sound like a natural leader. Which is the number one characteristic of a great head coach. Why was he not able to convince Jay Ajayi to get with the program? That will be the same reason he loses the rest of the team. This was a dumb move. He needs to take a page from Mike Tomlin of Pittsburg, he showed Martavis Bryant the right way!! He did not send him packing. And Miami needed Ajayi MORE than Pittsburg needed Martavis.

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