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Hoch And Crowder: Should Adam Gase Tone Down His Praise For Baker Mayfield?

Alex Donno
March 27, 2018 - 11:42 pm

The Miami Dolphins head into the 2018 season with Ryan Tannehill as their starting quarterback... again. After missing all of 2017 with a knee injury, he'll finally get his second year in Adam Gase's system. 

Gase spoke glowingly about Tannehill at the NFL owners meetings. 

"I think with Ryan coming back and the amount of guys we brought in on offense, that's going to help us a lot. It's not all on him, but for us to have success, he has to play well. That's the way this league is. After our first four or five games together in our first year, he played pretty well. He was playing at a high level. Now we've got an opportunity to start over again and get going."

Unfortunately, there are a number of Dolphins fans who aren't buying into Tannehill. It's hard to blame them after five seasons of perpetual mediocrity. Sure, he showed flashes under Gase in 2016, but it wasn't enough to sway the opinions of those who want to start fresh with a new signal caller. 

So, what about Baker Mayfield? The Heisman Trophy winner is a sure-fire first round pick. There's a slim shot he falls to the Dolphins at number eleven. There's also a chance the Dolphins trade into the top ten to draft him.

"We're close in personality, probably," Gase said of Mayfield. "I enjoy watching him play. I like the way he plays. I think Baker's personality is something that is infectious to other guys. There's competitiveness that you love to see. You can tell he doesn't want to lose at anything. As a coach you always love guys like that. You want to be around them."

"I enjoyed the time I've been able to spend with him, whether senior bowl, combine, workouts and pro days... things like that."

Gase's affection for Mayfield wasn't lost on Marc Hochman and Channing Crowder, who discussed Gase's comments Tuesday on WQAM. 

"He does speak very highly of Baker Mayfield," said Hochman, chuckling. 

"He was kissing Baker's butt," added Crowder. There's no reason for a head coach to be doing that right now. He even went as far as to say Baker will make the coach better because Baker's personality will be infectious on the coach. I think Adam Gase might be showing his hand more than he wants to."

"Unless he's really juking everybody out on that," Hoch added. "That's a hell of a smoke screen," Crowder said. 

To Crowder, the amount of time Gase has spent with Mayfield indicates his interest is genuine. "You don't put five or six days into a guy that you aren't thinking about drafting."

Is Gase using a Jedi mind trick on th rest of the league, or is he really so deeply in love with Baker Mayfield?

Listen to the full conversation on the Hoch and Crowder podcast. Tune in weekdays at 2pm on 560 WQAM.