Adam Gase is a competitor. So he saw the Dolphins lose a handful of solid-to-good players this offseason and that didn't make him happy. But the team has filled the needs created by losses, added starters in multiple areas, and obviously there's more to do.
And so Gase doesn't believe the 2016 Dolphins are in rebuilding mode.
"I don't see us as a rebuilding team," Gase said. "I think we're a team that has talent, we just have to put it together. We need to figure out a way to play as a team. Talent alone, that does nothing. We have to make sure we do a good job of putting three phases together and figuring out how to win games as a group instead of just one or two guys who are really exceptional.
"It doesn't work that way. This is a team game. We have a to do a great job of making sure we're all on the same page."
The first part of getting on the same page this offseason involved free agency -- the Dolphins keeping or losing their own players and then replacing players and filling in at other areas of need.
"It's been a whirlwind for sure. I like the additions we've made," Gase said. "We've lost some good players. That's part of the challenge of free agency -- when guys make it through and get to that opportunity and the way the money is structured, the money gets up there pretty quick. So it's tough to keep good players if you don't get the deal done early."
Make no mistake, Gase is no fan of having lost Lamar Miller, Olivier Vernon, Rishard Matthews and Derrick Shelby. But he believes it was out of his hands because all those issues and contracts had to be addressed last year, rather than after the season.
"That's the struggle," Gase said. "That's the tough part, at least for myself being in Year One, there's nothing that I was able to do as far as moving forward. We're in that situation and three good players that were wanted by other teams ... Obviously, we would have loved to keep them, but it was too late. Once they hit the market it was going to be a challenge to keep them on our roster."
Gase has been intimately involved in the personnel aspect of the team. His office is not on the same side of the Dolphins facility as that of general manager Chris Grier's or executive vice president's Mike Tannenbaum. "They might as well move my office by their office," Gase said.
"I spend a lot of time around Mike and Chris. They're ready for the players to get back. They're tired of being around me. It's amazing the amount of time spent on watching players, talking about scenarios, saying, 'What are we going to do if this happens, what are we going to do if that happens?' It's almost a different game and it takes a lot of time and there's a lot of discussion that goes into it. We watch a lot of film together."
Gase says there are "healthy discussions" that may include a difference of opinion, but ultimately, "for us, I've feel we've all been on the same page for everything we've done."
Gase approves of the trade the Dolphins made with the Philadelphia Eagles. He believes it adds three starters in that cornerback Byron Maxwell, middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and the No. 13 overall selection will be starters.
If the Dolphins do not make the deal, they add one starter -- from the No. 8 overall pick.
"I was fine with it because we added to starters and we're going to add a third," Gase said. "We moved back five spots and we got two starters. So I was all for it. I know this: One guy is not going to change our team. Adding three starters for us is a big deal. We have a lot of needs we needed to fill, we started talking with those guys, Mike [Tannenbaum] felt really good about the players we were going to get. I felt really good about it."
About some of the players currently on the roster:
Gase is excited to get around Jarvis Landry. "There's an intensity there that you want to get around. You can tell he feels like there's a respect factor he feels he doesn't get and he plays like that," Gase said.
Gase thinks Jermon Bushrod brings "intriguing" position flexibility in that last year in Chicago he played multiple positions. He was the starting tackle, lost that due to injury, then worked at center, guard and even back at tackle.
Gase said backup tight end Dion Sims is a player with much potential. But potential has to turn to production.
"I'm interested to see how far we can bring him along," Gase sadi. "I've told him this is probably the year we need to get this rolling. Let's get the consistency going ... I expect him to be an important piece to what we're doing this year."
Gase said he looks at his offensive talent and .. "I feel really good about it."
So, not rebuilding.