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Brocktober Continues - Osweiler To Start When Dolphins Face Lions

Alex Donno
October 18, 2018 - 12:21 pm
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He led the Miami Dolphins to a thrilling 31-28 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears. His time as the starting quarterback will continue for at least one more game. 

"Brocktober" rolls on. 

Ryan Tannehill remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, so Brock Osweiler will get his second start of the season when the Dolphins host the Detroit Lions. 

"I know what Brock brings to the table," said Dolphins head coach Adam Gase. "I know what his strengths are and what he likes to do. I’m real comfortable with where we’re at right now.”

Osweiler threw for 380 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against the Bears. His release was quick and his execution - for the most part - was authoritative. 

Gase was very complimentary of Osweiler's choices to throw the ball away at times to avoid a sack or a negative play. 

“It’s probably something that he’s developed over time," Gase noted. "It’s hard to remember exactly if he’s always been like that. There was a lot of practices and preseason games, so you’re talking about a lot of stuff that’s probably been erased from my memory. But he learned from the best guy you could possibly learn from. That guy, Peyton (Manning), never took a lot of sacks. When you get to sit behind a guy like that for as long as he did, be in meetings every day and hear him talk through games afterwards, that’s valuable.”

When Ryan Tannehill gets healthy, you can expect Gase to turn back to him as the starter. In the meantime, Osweiler is enjoying the ride. 

He's also enjoying the puns. Brocktober. Hard Brock Stadium. Brock and roll. Fans are having a great time with it. 

"I don’t have social media so I’m not a big hashtag guy; but it is pretty cool to see," Osweiler said. "The guys in the locker room, we’ve been having fun with it, obviously my family is having fun with it, so go ahead and keep writing it. It’s fun.”

Last week, Osweiler didn't know he would start until a couple hours before the game. This time, he has a full week to prepare. He was asked if things feel different this time around. 

“It won’t be any different at all. I’m going to bed at the same time, eating the same food, doing the same routine, studying the same way. Absolutely nothing changes except I’ll get some more reps in practice and that’s really it to be honest with you.”

Gase was asked to describe the benefits of Osweiler taking the starter's reps all week. 

“I think any time that you can really dial into the game plan and make some adjustments as the week goes on for that guy, that always helps. He knows the offense really well. Guys are used to kind of the way that he operates. He’s extremely loud. When he calls out plays at the line of scrimmage, it’s hard to miss it.”

The Dolphins host the Lions this Sunday, Brocktober 21st at Hard Brock Stadium. You can listen to the game on 560 WQAM. Kickoff is set for 1:00 and pre-game coverage will start at 9:00am.