Recently, Dolphins wide receiver Clyde Gates spoke about the transition to Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman’s offense. Gates, entering his second year, is looking to become a more consistent contributor for the Dolphins offense. Here’s what he had to say:
On the offseason:
“I’ve been coming up here, working out, going over the offense with the offensive guys and just getting a feel for the offense and a feel for the coaches. We’re just coming together as a team right now, but overall it’s been going pretty good. Everybody’s coming in and working hard. We have a good group come in. It’s voluntary, but mostly everybody shows up. It’s been going pretty good.
It’s more of just getting the feel for everybody and seeing what personnel works for what routes. It’s more about everybody just getting a feel for everybody and just trying to get it all together quick. They throw a lot at us. We’re sucking it in and making it work out.”
On his rookie season:
“My first year, I didn’t understand really. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into as far as developing myself to be a receiver. I didn’t really know what it takes to be an every-down receiver or even a receiver period, but I tip my hat off to the veteran guys–Davone Bess and Hartline–those guys helped me out a lot last year. There wasn’t any animosity or anything. It was more of them helping me out and helping me get to know the defenses and sitting me down and really helping me out a lot. I really appreciate those guys.
It was not physical at all [transitioning]; it was more mental, from the heat, to being here every day real early and just being a professional.”
On the new rookies:
“Best advice I could give them is just to take a business approach to everything.”
On what he wants to improve on moving forward to his second season:
“Knowing what I’m doing and knowing what everybody else is doing, not just this receiver, but knowing the whole concept of what every receiver is doing. That’s really the main thing I want to focus on; knowing what everyone is doing so that I can play any spot out there on receiving.”
On Miami’s heat compared to his home state of Texas:
“Texas is hot. Texas is hot, hot. I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s just a dry heat. Out here it’s hot and humid and stuffy. It’s just different. It’s hard to get used to.”
On BIM [Believe In Miami]:
“It started in my neighborhood with me and my friends. Say we were hooping, playing basketball or something, and we would make a shot, we would be like ‘BIM,’ or if we made a good pass ‘BIM!’ We never thought it would be anything popular, but my cousin, who is a local rap artist in Jacksonville, Fla., made a song called ‘BIM’ and he used it as different things and he was making shirts for it promoting his music. I kind of sat back and I thought about it. I was like ‘man, I could use this in a way, you know like Believe In Miami or Believe In Me,’ either or, but I really wanted the emphasis to be Believe In Miami Dolphins. So I was like ‘Bro, we need to get together and try to trademark this and try to put it out and give it to fans,’ and he was like ‘alright cool.’ He has a guy who actually makes the shirts. We built the website. It’s www.BIMswsy.com. SWSY stands for ‘support who supports you.’ You can place your orders on the website and be able to receive your BIM shirts as soon as possible.”
“I feel like it was a good idea. I didn’t want to take it to an extreme to where I’m doing all this, but I would love for the fans to have shirts and to be able to support the movement.”
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