DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins second-year coach Adam Gase is known for bringing interesting guests to practice. The latest on Thursday included former NFL coach Chip Kelly, who led the San Francisco 49ers last season and the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-15.
The pair first met years ago, when Kelly was at Oregon and Gase was an assistant coach in the NFL. The two have kept in touch since, and Kelly is now a football analyst for ESPN.
“I think when he came in the league, there were a lot of things I was interested in what they were doing and kind of hearing about,” Gase said. “Things not just football-wise, but sports science stuff they did at Oregon that they brought to Philadelphia. I was really intrigued by it, and I was able to go to Oregon for a visit.”
According to Gase, Kelly’s philosophies have been influential in his coaching style.
“In 2013 for sure, I know we studied a lot of his stuff,” Gase said. “Just being able to have some discussions over the last couple of years, and just figuring out ways to change tempos of the game and some of the ways to practice, to do things not only on the field but off the field, I’m always trying to ask questions to pick a guy’s mind that’s had success at both levels.”
In addition to Kelly, other interesting guests to attend Dolphins practices under Gase include future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and former wide receiver Wes Welker, who both played under Gase with the Denver Broncos.
Here are some other notes from Thursday:
Wide receiver DeVante Parker made an athletic touchdown catch from quarterback Ryan Tannehill in team drills that got the offense excited and caused some trash talk. It was that kind of day for the offense, which definitely got the best of the defense on the final day of OTAs. For the most part, the defense has won the days open to the media.
The Philadelphia Eagles will host the Dolphins for joint practices before the third preseason game. The last time Miami participated in joint practices was the summer before the 2015 season against the Carolina Panthers. Carolina went on to play in the Super Bowl that season.
With OTAs in the books, Miami will move to the next phase of its offseason program next week with mandatory minicamp. The three-day session will be June 13-15.