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DAVIE, Fla. -- Twelve months ago, when the Miami Dolphins lost on the road to fall to 1-3, they fired their coach.Now theyre again 1/3 after another away defeat, which shows their progress. Or lack thereof.The offense still sputters, with the line unable to carve out running room or keep pass rushers off Ryan Tannehill. The defense still gives up too many scoring drives and cant come up with enough big plays.But the coach isnt going anywhere. Adam Gase is still in the honeymoon phase in his first season, and confident he can fix his teams many problems.I dont think were off-course, Gase said Friday. Everybody wants to just, `The sky is falling. Youve got to keep working. Good teams keep working.The Dolphins arent a good team yet, as Thursdays 22-7 loss at Cincinnati showed. They managed only eight first downs, while the defense gave up five scoring drives of 45 yards or more and didnt have a takeaway.Miamis record isnt surprising -- all three losses have been on the road against 2015 playoff teams -- but the mostly dismal performances have been distressing. The lone win was in overtime against lowly Cleveland, which came within a last-second field goal of an upset.I hope everybodys uncomfortable at this point, defensive end Cameron Wake said. You dont want to be in this situation.Gase, a former offensive coordinator and Miamis play caller, is unhappy mostly with the inability to move the ball. But he said his offense also sputtered early in the season in 2015 at Chicago and in 2012 in Denver, when the quarterback was Peyton Manning.Its no fun going through this part of it, Gase said. But the way this offense goes, the longer youre in it, the easier it gets and the faster you can play.Tannehill sounded even less patient than his coach about the lack of productivity.It has gone on too long, Tannehill said. It has to be important to everyone who steps on that field. We have to get it fixed right now.In defense of the Dolphins, they did play without six injured starters at Cincinnati, while Gase benched a seventh, cornerback Byron Maxwell, who didnt get on the field. His replacement, Tony Lippett, struggled A.J. Green , who caught 10 passes for 173 yards and a score.Three-time Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey, who missed the first four games with a hip injury, is expected to return to practice Monday and bolster a line that has been awful. The Bengals sacked Tannehill five times, had seven knockdowns and 10 hurries, and forced him to fumble.Tannehill draws criticism for indecision when the pockets collapsing, and Gase acknowledged theres room for improvement, but added: We need to do a better job of actually blocking guys, too. Everybody wants him to step up. Where?The players are off this weekend and then have four consecutive home games: against Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the New York Jets, who are a combined 5-7.Gase said hell spend this weekend evaluating the first four games. He wants to pare down a four-running back rotation.Will there be other lineup changes? I dont really foresee anything, but things can change over the next three days, Gase said.Lippett remains a starter for now, he said.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve-Wine. 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He had batted for more than 10 hours. He had registered the 15th highest score in Englands Test history and the third highest by an England No. 3. He had shown he had learned all the lessons from Lords - his first Test in his new role of No. 3 - and batted his side to a dominant position. You would think he might feel quite pleased with himself.But instead he was frustrated. Frustrated at the manner of his dismissal and frustrated to tear himself away from the fun.Such an insatiable desire for runs bodes well for Root and England. It suggests that, after a phase of his career where he has been content to produce attractive cameos and fluent half-centuries, he is developing the hardness to complement his talent. The discipline to maximise it and make it count. The hunger that has been a characteristic of the most successful - not necessarily the most talented - batsmen in Test history.Root knows that scores of 70 rarely win Tests. They might on occasions but, generally, on surfaces such as this, they are insufficient.He knows, too, that this team need more from him. They are a bit too flaky, a bit too fragile for him flirt and flicker. He is required to provide substantial contributions.So, after the setback at Lords, he returned to the nets and worked on minimising risk. He reminded himself to play straighter, leave more outside off stump and make a point of rolling his wrists on any pulls or slog-sweeps to ensure the ball was played into the ground. If that meant some strokes brought singles rather than boundaries, that was fine.I wanted to nullify those Lords dismissals from my game, Root said. Thats why I was so revved up when I reached 200. It seemed like reward for all the hard work. It was pleasing to make one count.Some context is required for this innings. It has come on another disappointingly slow pitch, for sure. But it has also come against a fine attack with Mohammad Amir bowling far better than his figures suggest and a legspinner who is both No. 1 in the Test bowling rankings and who claimed 10-wickets against England in the previous Test on a pitch that offered him little better. Lets not always find reasons to diminish excellence. Brian Laras two highest scores were made on flat tracks; Matthew Haydens 380 against a modest attack. This was a fine innings from a special young player. Dont be fooled by how easy he made it look. It was arguably Englands best innings from a No. 3 batsman for almost six years. Perhaps since Jonathan Trotts 168 not out against Australia in Melbourne in late 2010 or maybe his 184 in the famously overshadowed Test against an excellent Pakistan attack at Lords earlier the same year. By comparison, Nick Compton contributed 296 runs in the seven Tests (13 innings) he played in his second spell in the side as Englands No. 3.The key difference between this England innings and the two at Lords was not the bowling or the pitch. Neither are as different as the scorecards might suggest. The key difference was the English batting.While at Lords England were impatient and ill-disciplined, here they - or at least Root and Alastair Cook - played straighter and left better outside off stump.dddddddddddd That drew the sting out of the Pakistan bowlers and exploited the dangers of playing a four-man attack in back-to-back Tests. Root, in particular, did his demanding batting on the first day and reaped the rewards on the second.He has so many strokes - Grant Flower, the Pakistan batting coach, described him as brilliant after play - that he will rarely be bogged down. And, if there were times he seemed to settle for accumulation rather than savagery, that should probably be interpreted as maturity. Sachin and Bradman didnt always thrash boundaries; they appreciated the value of low risk, long-term batting. Just about all the greats have.He made it look simple, left a lot and played the patience game, Flower said. And he has great shots to go with that.Odd though it sounds, Roots problem in recent months may have been that his form was almost too good. With so much time and so many strokes, his issues have come more with choosing his options rather than being dismissed by deliveries too good for him. In this innings at least - and as he pointed out, he is only three innings into his new role so it is too early to make conclusions - he restricted himself to safer strokes and high-percentage options. James Vince could learn much from watching Roots development.The identities of those involved the last time two of Englands top three made centuries in a Test innings is revealing. They were Nick Compton and Trott (and New Zealand were the opposition in early 2013); two men who focused on crease occupation first and fluency second. For the first time in some months, Englands top-order took a similar approach in this innings with Root showing that he was quickly adapting to the differing demands of batting at No. 3.Trott always had some reservations about batting at No. 3. He felt that No. 4 was his natural position - he continues to bat there for Warwickshire - and felt that coming in a place higher up the order made far more difference that is generally appreciated. It forced him, he believed, to leave more balls and bat with a more defensive mindset. Having done it for a while, he was no longer able to rediscover the fluency.Maybe it was the same with Root here? Having made an effort to tighten up on day one - to leave more balls and play straighter - he struggled to find another gear when the time came to accelerate. He wasnt bogged down, exactly, but he could not match the fluency of Chris Woakes in the morning or Jonny Bairstow in the afternoon.But if the new Root is a slightly less flamboyant spectacle, it will be a price worth paying for England. For too long - since Trotts decline and barring Gary Ballances bright start - England have been reliant upon their long middle-order to help them to reasonable totals.Roots promotion promises to stop the rot before it starts and provide the middle order with the protection it requires to flourish. And this innings, coming after one Test where he struggled to adapt to the different demands of the No. 3 position, suggests he is learning fast. Its still premature to call him a great batsman, but he may be the closest thing to an English-born one since Graham Gooch and David Gower. 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