Dolphins think Danny Amendola’s work ethic is making the whole team better

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Danny Amendola has only been a Miami Dolphin for two months, but he’s already making a difference.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said on PFT Live that Amendola, through his effort in offseason workouts, has shown other players what a championship-level effort looks like.

“It’s one of those values that I don’t think you can put a price on,” Gase said. “He’s been great in our locker room. I think the guys watch him work on the field and in the weight room and they understand why he’s played as long as he has, why he’s had success in big situations.”

Gase believes Amendola is making the Dolphins better even before he starts catching passes.

“Any time you can get a guy who can not only produce for you but can be a great example for other guys in your locker room, he’s making other guys better,” Gase said. “He makes 24 other offensive guys better if they watch him work.”

The 32-year-old Amendola spent the last five years in New England before moving on this year, and the Dolphins like the winning attitude he brings from the Patriots.

56 responses to “Dolphins think Danny Amendola’s work ethic is making the whole team better

  1. That’s because Patriots work harder than other teams. Just look at Reggie Wayne….he tried if for a few weeks and bailed out because it was “too hard”

  2. Which brings up the question, what were the players doing BEFORE Amendola got there?!? Seriously, why weren’t they already putting in serious “work ethic” but need some guy to come in and show them?

  3. Why does it take a player to change the entire work ethic? Isn’t that the job of coaches? And don’t these players take pride in their own work?

  4. His work ethic and football smarts are what they are paying him for. They overpayed for him based on talent (and I think he is a good player). Teaching the work hard and attention to detail is why they are paying him +2M of what the Pats would pay.

  5. I’m sorry for you swollen headed Pats fans. The Patriots didn’t teach him or anyone to work hard. That’s something you have or don’t have at a young age. That said, the Pats have an eye for drafting/signing guys that put in the extra work.

  6. This speaks to the quality of the division the Patriots get to play in…and what a vaunted division it is…Who is the best QB to play in Brady’s division over the years?

  7. akira554 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:54 am
    Which brings up the question, what were the players doing BEFORE Amendola got there?!? Seriously, why weren’t they already putting in serious “work ethic” but need some guy to come in and show them?

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    THIS is why the Patriots have almost an extended tenure of sustained success. It’s because BB is an extremely hard worker and demands the same from his players. Look at a guy like Jamie Collins. Exceptional player and talent. BB got rid of him because of his work ethic and ability to get with the program.

    Amendola get’s it. Let’s see if Gase and the rest of the Dolphins catch on.

    On another note, Mike Vrabel had the right attitude. Expect the Texans to become more disciplined and improve. Other than the Colts, the AFC South could have some really good teams.

  8. To bad he wont have brady making him better than the very average wideout he actually is.

  9. Seems to me that guys that were supposed to be the leaders, great teammates, and hard workers were all let go this past offseason….Landry, Suh, Pouncey…..

  10. The Patriots don’t win because they work hard.

    They only win because they cheat.

    I know because I’ve read it here thousands of times. LOL

  11. No, the Patriots do not work harder than other teams, although they may work harder than Reggie Wayne wanted to. Patriots fans need to stop thinking they’re the only one who has ever won a SB. There are teams out there that have won more, lost fewer, and actually dominated (i.e., won by more than 3 points) who don’t do it the “Patriot Way.” Arrogance is so unbecoming.

    Oh, and the Eagles won.

  12. dieselguy19 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:23 am
    I’m sorry for you swollen headed Pats fans. The Patriots didn’t teach him or anyone to work hard. That’s something you have or don’t have at a young age. That said, the Pats have an eye for drafting/signing guys that put in the extra work.
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    Geez man. Give the Patriot fans a chance to actually say something before you start ranting at them for saying it. I think its actually you that believes its a Patriots thing and you resent it because its what makes them so frustrating to you. You wish your own team would do that and you are jealous of the Pats fans for having a team that does. The chip on your shoulder says so.

  13. Amendola: *successfully catches footballs and then goes to weight room*
    Dolphins: “What is this witchcraft?!”

  14. I think NE will miss Amendola. He’s clutch in the playoffs even when he doesn’t produce a whole lot in the regular season which is invaluable to a team like the Pats who are always playing deep into the postseason. Conversely, unless his worth ethic REALLY inspires a bunch of other Dolphins, I doubt he’ll be all that productive in Miami because they’ll never get far enough for his true value to ever come into play.

  15. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:25 am
    …Who is the best QB to play in Brady’s division over the years?
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    That would be Tom Brady, who also happens to be the best QB to ever play in the NFL in any year.

    What’s your point?

  16. Amendola is a winner, a team leader, a receiver who runs precise and accurate routes, has excellent hands, and is an excellent teammate.
    He moved on from the Patriots only because he and Belichick agree he is worth more than the Patriots could budget for the roster spot.

  17. LOL

    Renting a player at 8.5 million for 2018 and then watching him retire, won’t really mean anything to to the team at the end of it all.

    Funny how teams, especially a cheater like Tannenbob, are quick to try to latch onto to anything PAts, but behind closed doors with Goodell, jump through hoops to openly cheat and defame them.

    Disturbing behaviors.

  18. superpatriotsfan says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:08 am
    Made of glass. He’ll “get injured” and want off the team only to be picked up by the Patriots where he can play again. Lord it’s a miracle!

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    Worry about your Jets, little guy.

    However, I do agree the Dolphins will over-use him and he’ll get hurt. BB did a great job of managing his snaps and his knee, where he was mostly used when they had to have him.

    3 SB appearances and 2 rings, but I am afraid the ego/money element will kick in here at some point and it will backfire for Miami.

  19. Tough guy who finally got to cash in. He took a few pay cuts to stay w/NE.

    Unlike Baseball or Basketball, I understand why a guy would want to cash in every last cent. It is a lucrative but brutal profession – for our entertainment.

  20. Now that Amendola is playing for the ‘Phins, the Patriot Way is great. Didn’t any of these guys know how to prepare before he got there?

  21. The sad thing for DA is that the Pats knew how to use him sparingly during the regular season so that he could shine in the playoffs – with the Dolphins, they’ll overwork him during the season and the chances that he’ll get injured are going to be higher, but the Dolphins at least don’t have to worry about not having him available for their playoff run, since there won’t be one…

  22. akira554 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:54 am
    Which brings up the question, what were the players doing BEFORE Amendola got there?!? Seriously, why weren’t they already putting in serious “work ethic” but need some guy to come in and show them?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That’s why Gase has been getting rid of guys some fans call stars. Some guys were all-in and some guys didn’t feel like they had to work hard because they were “already good”. It had to make some feel resentful.

  23. .
    all well and good until amendola gets into a real time game
    then the injuries start flying in.
    He has played 9 seasons, he has only played a full year twice, 2010 and 2014

  24. The Dolphins, like the eagles of last year, will benefit from having an ex Pat on their team. Got Philly a SB win. Might just work again!

    Oh what, you don’t believe? Yes, it’s magic.

  25. Another reason why Belichick’s the GOAT, his ability to get the best out of his players. From just Danny to Danny playoffs, from Brian Griese’ backup at Michigan to the best system QB in history, from an undrafted DB from a small school in Alabama to a SB hero, and on and on.

  26. mrphelps01 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:05 am
    Why does it take a player to change the entire work ethic? Isn’t that the job of coaches? And don’t these players take pride in their own work?

    If you have ever managed people before you should know it’s not that easy. Sometimes you need teammates setting an example to push the other employees.

  27. weepingjebus says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Amendola: *successfully catches footballs and then goes to weight room*
    Dolphins: “What is this witchcraft?!”

    27 3 Rate This

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    LOL!!!!

    Runner up!

  28. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:25 am
    This speaks to the quality of the division the Patriots get to play in…and what a vaunted division it is…Who is the best QB to play in Brady’s division over the years?
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    Drew Bledsoe…

  29. Everyone in my office says the same thing about me. More than once I have been told

    “We all have to work twice as hard around here because of you!”

  30. mogogo1 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:57 am
    I think NE will miss Amendola. He’s clutch in the playoffs even when he doesn’t produce a whole lot in the regular season which is invaluable to a team like the Pats who are always playing deep into the postseason. Conversely, unless his worth ethic REALLY inspires a bunch of other Dolphins, I doubt he’ll be all that productive in Miami because they’ll never get far enough for his true value to ever come into play.
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    It was a tough call parting with him. But what is likely his last contract has to hold him for rest of life so he needs to go for money instead of winning. The Patriots need to use that money do develop new guys, thats how they keep the ball rolling year in and out. In the next couple of year there will be more tough choices involving guys they are used to being able to swear by and need to work in another who can do the same. Edelman is going to be one, his playing style does not lend itself to the body holding up forever. And of course Gronk only has a couple left. Brady is a freak and probably does have several more years but its still not forever. Hightower. Its the nature of sports. But if the Patriots move at the right time they slide in replacements so the times just keep rolling. Keep in mind how many if these guys were once the replacements for players that the Patriots were supposedly going to decline as they were lost. (Example, losing Welker was supposed to be the end of something, but Edelman stepped right in, we will see if Barrios is Edelman’s eventual replacement? Or someone else?). Belichick and staff do coach well so they do tend to have unknown guys getting well prepared for when their time comes.

  31. This speaks to the quality of the division the Patriots get to play in…and what a vaunted division it is…Who is the best QB to play in Brady’s division over the years?
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    Pretty amazing that Rexy got to 2 AFCC Games with The Sanchize.

    Making him the only QB worth mentioning in the Brady-era… considering the Bills and Dolphins haven’t won a Playoff game this century.

  32. Big loss for the Pats. All he wanted was fair market comp. Pats are so cheap. They won’t even pay GOAT. But BB gets his. It’s the Patriots way.

  33. idiedpretty says:
    May 16, 2018 at 2:05 pm
    Big loss for the Pats. All he wanted was fair market comp. Pats are so cheap. They won’t even pay GOAT. But BB gets his. It’s the Patriots way.

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    yeah, let’s pay a guy 8.25 million at age 32 on a bad knee to play 30-40% of the snaps

    amendola’s money would have been taxed in mass, In FL it is tax free.

    this was amendola’s choice and his alone.

    Miami will be very disappointed overall as will Amendola with a crap franchise in his last year in the league

  34. The LAST coach to bring strong work “ethic” & instill that in his players was Jimmy Johnson!
    I’ve said repeatedly work ethic was lacking with the WHOLE Dolphins Organization SINCE!

  35. “Seems to me that guys that were supposed to be the leaders, great teammates, and hard workers were all let go this past offseason….Landry, Suh, Pouncey…..”

    Seriously?? Landry is a head case just like his twin OBJ, Suh is a great player but his cost is too high, and Pouncey misses more games than he plays. He hasn’t been good for the last 3-4 seasons.

  36. Seems like a quality guy, smart signing. It must be nice for him to finally get away from all the cheating and taint associated with it..

  37. idiedpretty says:
    May 16, 2018 at 2:05 pm
    Big loss for the Pats. All he wanted was fair market comp. Pats are so cheap. They won’t even pay GOAT. But BB gets his. It’s the Patriots way.

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    7 consecutive AFC Championship Appearances and 4 Super Bowl appearances in that stretch say they are doing it the right way. If people don’t want to play there they can leave like Danny any time.

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