Will Adam Gase's Culture Change at the Miami Dolphins Pay Off?

Head coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins works the sidelines against the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins have undergone a drastic roster overhaul this winter. Getty Images

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase believes the Miami Dolphins are in a great position, after assembling a group of players who will not tolerate the kind of behavior that disrupted the team last year.

When the Dolphins first floated the idea of a "culture change" they were laughed at, but heads have since rolled.

Ndamukong Suh was cut despite being only halfway into a six-year deal worth $114 million, while safety Michael Thomas was released and running back Damien Williams left as free agents.

Mike Pouncey was also cut despite having another two years left on his deal, while wide receiver Jarvis Landry was traded to the Cleveland Browns.

Speaking at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, Gase indicated he was more than happy with his new roster.

As reported by Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins head coach said his team now has "alpha dogs" who won't tolerate "some of the bullshit" that unfolded last season.

Adam Gase says he got the right guys this offseason. Says they have “alpha dogs” who won’t tolerate “some of the bullshit” that went on in the locker room last season.

— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) March 27, 2018

Miami has added running back Frank Gore from the Indianapolis Colts, wide receivers Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson arrived from the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs respectively, while quarterback Brock Osweiler swapped the Denver Broncos for Florida.

Add to that the arrivals of Daniel Kilgore, Josh Sitton and Robert Quinn and it's not difficult to see why Gase is pleased with what the front office has achieved this winter.

Miami finished third in the AFC East last year with a 6-10 record, missing out on the post-season for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons and Gase felt radical changes were needed to move team on from the Joe Philbin era .

Adam Gase said "I think we added more than we lost," when asked about the leadership void created by the losses of Mike Pouncey, Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh, Michael Thomas and Damien Williams.

— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 27, 2018

The 39-year-old, who will begin his third season as Dolphins head coach, said the new arrivals could herald a change in tactics, which will hopefully translate in Miami playing on the front foot, rather than constantly trailing.

"We will be more balanced this year," he was quoted as saying by the Miami Herald.

"I have no doubt about that. We got behind way too much. We had to throw it. The only games we were up were New England and Denver. That's it. We've got to a better job of getting ahead. We got behind way too much last year."

Asked about the departures of Suh and Landry, the Dolphins head coach revealed the former had been let go as Miami had ready-made replacements already on the roster, while Landry's financial demands exceeded the Dolphins' offer.

"It was the right time for us," Gase said about releasing Suh, per the Sun Sentinel. "We have some young guys in that defensive line room, and it was time for us to move forward."

As for Landry, who was traded to the Browns, Gale said: "You're talking about a lot of money somebody else wants, and how it fits in your organization.

"We just couldn't meet in the middle."

Gase also said he was looking forward to have Ryan Tannehill back this year, after the 29-year-old missed the whole of last season with a ruptured ACL.

However, while earlier this month Gase announced the Texas native will be the starting quarterback for the Dolphins, he did not rule out the opportunity of picking another one in the draft.

"I'd love to add a quarterback just like everybody, but we'll get the right guy for us," he told the Sun Sentinel.

"I think [general manager] Chris [Grier] will do a good job putting the draft board together, and we'll pick the right guys."