“Tell them to stop doubting us.”
Jarvis Landry has never lacked confidence when it comes to faith in his football team. In April, Landry predicted that the Dolphins would sweep defending champion, and the outright king of the AFC East, New England Patriots.
At the time, the media chalked it up to false-bravado from a boisterous player. After the Dolphins lost Ryan Tannehill for the year, more uncertainty around that comment crept in.
Even with the starting quarterback healthy, the Dolphins 2016 playoff team was largely written off as an over-achieving team. Few believed Miami would crash the playoff party for a second-straight season.
So when Peter Schrager caught up with Landry following the Dolphins comeback victory over divisional rival New York, Landry had one message to convey.
Schrager asked Landry how it felt to be 4-2 after the Dolphins second furious comeback in as many weeks.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this organization; after everything we’ve been through. Through a hurricane, 16,000 miles of travel, to be down and win like this, two weeks in a row, I’m so proud of my teammates and the city of Miami.”
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— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) October 22, 2017
Landry can be a polarizing figure at times. His limitations as a player are discussed, at length, among the national media. For Dolphins fans, they see the heart and juice he provides the offense, not just on Sundays, but throughout the week.
Creating a culture of competition and hard work is the toughest thing to accomplish in the NFL. The best teams have a dynamic predicated on the best players working harder than anyone else.
Bill Belichick frequently references this mindset when talking about his quarterback. “When you have a guy that has the accolades of someone like Tom Brady, and he’s the first one to show up, he’s the guy putting in extra work after practice, it’s sets an example to every player on the roster.”
Jarvis Landry is exactly that type of player.
The big personality and edge that Landry plays the game with permeates throughout the Dolphins locker room.
And his head coach hasn’t let that go unnoticed.
Bill Parcells is famous for preferring a certain type of player – a “Parcells guy.”
Adam Gase has his preferences too. Players that are willing to put everything aside and concentrate solely on football. Guys that are committed to the process, and will put in a championship effort every day of the week. Players that will find work outside of their assignment, and play with a level of passion that is infectious to the rest of the team.
Jarvis Landry epitomizes that type of player.
Don’t take my word for it – just watch his effort in the ground game.
The model for evaluating football players is flawed. Put them in an obstacle course, with gym shorts on, and see how fast they execute football movements. Intangibles are the aspect of the game that, by definition, can’t be measured. Small things that have an enormous impact on the game, and determines winners and losers.
So when Landry races downfield to throw an additional block, or when he breaks multiple tackles on third down to extend the drive, the box score will never show that effort.
Dolphins fans notice it. And so does Adam Gase.
Gase is nothing if not transparent with the media. When discussing Kenny Stills impending contract expiration last March, Gase admitted that he, “hates free agency.” He wants to keep his own guys, and the team backed that statement by giving new contracts to Reshad Jones, Kenny Stills and Andre Branch.
There’s always a potential to lose players, it’s the nature of the business. But it’s not difficult to connect the dots here. Gase wants Landry in Miami. Landry wants to be in Miami. The fans want Landry to stay in Miami. The only obstacle remains the dollar amount.
Jarvis Landry isn’t going anywhere.
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