Dolphins coach Adam Gase knows better than to write off the Patriots

Even with a losing record, the Patriots are no joke to Miami.

The Dolphins play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game on Sunday.
The Dolphins play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. –AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

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Adam Gase is not letting the Patriots’ losing record nor his own winning record distract him from the task at hand Sunday.

The Miami Dolphins head coach showed no sign of overconfidence when asked about his feelings heading into Week 4, where his team (3-0) is set to play the Patriots (1-2) in Foxborough.

“Nothing. Zero,” Gase said when asked if Miami’s AFC East lead meant anything.  “I don’t look at records right now. It’s too early. Nobody cares. I mean, at the end of the day, nobody will give a s*** unless you win the last one. You’ve got to focus on one week, and that’s what we need to do. When we get to that, when we get to Wednesday, we’ll worry about them. Right now, our guys are going to get their things corrected from this game, and then, we’ll move on to New England when it’s time to move on.”


With former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and running back Brandon Bolden on his roster, Gase understands that brushing the Patriots off this early in the season, even with a losing record, can be detrimental.

“They’re going to do the same thing they always do — get better every week,” Gase said. “They have a really good coaching staff and a Hall of Fame quarterback. The records are irrelevant right now… They’re going to do a lot of things that are tough for us. Going up there, it’s a great environment to play in. It’s rowdy, it’s loud. So we’re going to have to make sure we’re on our A game.”

The Patriots will host the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough  at 1 p.m. Sunday.