Adam Gase is the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
This news comes from a report by the Palm Beach Post that the Dolphins front office has found their man. A 3 p.m. news conference has already been scheduled, and according to the article, owner Stephen Ross has released an official statement.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 9, 2016
“We did exhaustive research on all of the candidates ahead of time and conducted thorough and detailed interviews with each person. In the end, I was convinced and the search committee was unanimous Adam was the right leader for our football team who best met all of our priorities. He has high-energy is competitive and driven to win with a mindset of teaching and developing players.”
Since the regular season concluded last weekend, Gase’s name had been linked to several teams as one of the hottest coaching candidates on the market. As reported by the Inquisitr, Adam was originally linked to the Eagles’ head coaching vacancy after Chip Kelly was let go earlier in the year.
But as reported by ESPN, the Dolphins had Gase high on their radar after the work he performed with Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler this year.
“The Dolphins were looking for someone who can get the best out of fourth-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2016 and beyond. Tannehill was given a $96 million extension last year but has been inconsistent with a 29-35 record as a starter.”
It was Adam’s work with the Bears’ Jay Cutler that tagged him as a hot coaching candidate despite the fact that he’s only 37-years-old and never played football in either college or the pros. He’ll inherit a team coming off a disappointing 6-10 record under interim coach Dan Campbell, who was among several candidates interviewed.
Campbell took over for head coach Joe Philbin, who previously led the team to consecutive 8-8 seasons that failed to produce a playoff berth. The bottom fell out for Philbin following a 27-14 thrashing by the New York Jets in London during Week 4 of the NFL regular season in 2015.
The Sun-Sentinel can confirm Joe Philbin has been fired and Dan Campbell is the interim coach of the #Dolphins.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) October 5, 2015
Owner Stephen Ross, as reported by Bleacher Report, released a statement at the time thanking Philbin for how “tirelessly” he worked to make the Dolphins relevant.
“He is a man of the highest character and integrity,” the statement read, “that I developed a close personal relationship with. I am extremely disappointed with how we have started the season, but I feel confident that we can improve quickly with the talent we have on our roster.”
The Dolphins roster only compounded the situation in Miami for Philbin. In addition to the contract extension given to Tannehill, the team also invested a great deal of money into free agent Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
There was talk that interim coach Dan Campbell might be able to secure the job after a promising beginning to his tenure that saw the Dolphins defeat two of their opponents back-to-back after taking over. But the magic soon ended as Campbell and his team quickly fell to Earth the following week against the vaunted New England Patriots.
Ironically enough, the team ended on a high note against the very same Patriots, defeating them to close out the regular season 20-10, which turned out to be Campbell’s final game as coach.
Gase now assumes the role, with Dolphins fans everywhere hoping he can do for Tannehill what he did for Cutler, who finished the regular season with the Bears with 3,659 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions.
What do you think? Can Adam Gase turn things around for Miami in 2016?
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