Some people hate their jobs, some people are neutral towards them, and some people would even say they like their jobs.
Then there's Adam Gase, who apparently loves his job so much, he has decided to forego doing anything special for his vacation time before training camp, and will stick around the Miami area where he can still get some work done for his Miami Dolphins.
“I’ll have my moments where it’s just some days I just don’t do anything, but I don’t go too far from it." Gase said. "This is fantasyland. You get to do something you love and it’s not really a job. I enjoy it and I’m around it a lot. This is kind of our whole family, that’s just what we do. That’s what we enjoy and if I’m not hearing from everybody in the building, my kids are talking about it or my family is talking about it. It’s what it is.”
And during the vacation time before training camp, Gase gave his team a message on what they should do while they're away from the facility.
“Get your bodies right." he said. "Stick with really the training regimen that most of these guys did leading up to the spring. We were able to really get a good jump on the first phase and (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach) Dave (Puloka) was able to amp it up a little bit because guys came in in really good shape. We need to kind of be able to start fast in training camp and not waste time on getting guys in shape, so spend the time wisely.
"It is a time to kind of re-charge your bodies and your minds and get away from it for a little bit, but don’t go too far. Our guys, they understand how we’re going to do training camp, which is how we install and everything, so they can’t go too far away from their playbook. They just need to keep up with everything and when we get back, be ready to hit the ground running.”
Once the pads come on at training camp, everything will step up a notch as things get real and blows will be traded between the offense and the defense, and Gase will have to find a way to take what time is available for practices and make the most of it, with the hot South Florida beating down on the team.
“Down here it’s different. We probably have shorter practices than most teams in the league because we have to think its July to December, right? We’re out there." Gase said. "We’ve got to maximize the time we’re on the field and then when we get in the meeting rooms, we have to understand you can’t waste time in there. We have to use the fact that we are going to have more meeting times than most people because we’re not on the field as much and we’ve got to make those count. It can’t just be going through the motions.”
Just like his players can't simply go through the motions, Gase is going above and beyond too, and all simply for the love he has for football and the team under his command. His idea of a vacation is to stay near Miami and plan, and make no mistake, Gase's dedication will trickle down to his players, and ensure the team will be ready when the season finally rolls around.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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