Dolphins' Gase offers passionate defense of Tannehill

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase is offering a passionate defense of Ryan Tannehill, saying his beleaguered quarterback has showed improvement that continued into the start of this season.

Tannehill will miss his fourth consecutive game Sunday against the New York Jets because of an injury to his throwing shoulder. Replacement Brock Osweiler has gone 1-2 as the starter but has played well, providing fresh fodder for Tannehill's many critics.

Gase dismissed those detractors in the media and elsewhere who argue it's time for Miami (4-4) to find another quarterback. Gase said that in his first season as Miami's coach in 2016, Tannehill made progress, and then played even better in the first three games this year.

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