Adam Gase defends Xavien Howard after a rough night

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase defended cornerback Xavien Howard, who is in a sophomore slump.

Howard allowed five receptions on seven targets for 87 yard and three touchdowns in the loss to the Panthers on Monday night, according to Pro Football Focus.

“The touchdown they had on the last throw [a 22-yarder from Cam Newton to Devin Funchess], there’s not many guys that can defend that,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “That thing was on a rope. That was the perfect throw, perfect route. Well executed play. That’s the job of the corner. You better have short-term memory.

“If you’re not getting beat, you’re not playing. It’s very rare you will see corners that never have gotten beat. He’s a good player. He’s a short-term memory guy. He’s not going to worry what happened on the last throw.”

Howard, a second-round draft choice in 2016, doesn’t have an interception this season, only three pass breakups and PFF rates him 115th out of 116 qualifying cornerbacks.

12 responses to “Adam Gase defends Xavien Howard after a rough night

  1. If the Dolphins knew how to identify talent they could get a shut down corner in the next draft. They have failed to acquire a competitive offensive line but I’m sure they will keep trying! Gase may also want to replace his defensive coordinator, well include the offensive coordinator to be replaced also. Something has to give; Players,coaches, talent acquisition. Who is at fault for such a pathetic team? Perhaps all the aforementioned.

  2. Shouldn’t you defend the job of the Defensive Coordinator? Cause as I recall it, you put a guy with no experience in at DC and they look like their never prepared.

  3. Honestly, can anyone tell my why Mike Tannenbaum is still employed by a football team and making personnel decisions? Seriously, what has he ever done in the League to deserve this???

  4. Not to worry, the Dolphins will use all, or nearly all of their high picks in next year’s draft on offensive players, as they have done for the most of the past decade, which will result in their having a losing record, again, for most of the next decade. When you hire head coaches with offensive backgrounds, they tend to want to draft offensive players, but defense is what wins championships.

  5. Xavien Howard looks worst than Jason Allen if you remember him. For the life of me I can’t see why you would defend him. Howard is clearly getting picked on by opposing teams. Monday night football and you give up 3tds…the Panthers were probably shocked Howard was allowed to stay in the game and targeted him as much as possible. Can’t expect Brady to be as nice as Cam.

  6. For $10 million, Gase could have beefed up the offensive line and had the defense on the field for shorter periods of time; hence, winning the time of possession of battle. What does Gase do with that $10 million? He signs that BUM Jay Cutler!

    RELEASE CUTLER THE BUM! FIRE ADAM GASE! FIRE THE WHOLE STAFF!

  7. It would appear that Mike Tannenbaum gave Adam Gase the personnel decisions he wanted by bringing in TE Julius Thomas who is not productive. Antony Fasano at 33 years old is a better option. Moreover the Dolphins could have saved $10M by using the skills of Matt Moore and thereby finding viable corner back and offensive line options. TE Julius Thomas and Jay Cutler are two players Gase wanted big time due to his experience with them. Neither have been positive moves for this Miami Dolphins team. Adam Gase has to start taking responsibility for his predictable offense, hiring of Coordinators and personnel decisions.

  8. “Not to worry, the Dolphins will use all, or nearly all of their high picks in next year’s draft on offensive players, as they have done for the most of the past decade, which will result in their having a losing record, again, for most of the next decade. When you hire head coaches with offensive backgrounds, they tend to want to draft offensive players, but defense is what wins championships.”

    2017 Draft Picks
    RD(PK) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
    1(22) Charles Harris OLB Missouri
    2(22) Raekwon McMillan ILB Ohio State
    3(33) Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson

    First three rounds on D

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