Dolphins agree to deal with Adam Gase as new head coach – USA TODAY
The Miami Dolphins got their man.
Now itâs up to Adam Gase to prove he can do something predecessor Joe Philbin couldnât: Get the Dolphins and young quarterback Ryan Tannehill into the playoffs.
The Dolphins and GaseÂ agreed to terms on a deal to make him their new head coach Saturday morning, two days after Gaseâs first interview with the team.
âWe did exhaustive research on all of the candidates ahead of time and conducted thorough and detailed interviews with each person,â Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement issued by the team.
âIn 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.â
The Dolphins were expected to hire an offensive coach to mentor Tannehill. They wanted someone with a more dynamic leader after the one-note Philbin era, which ended with his firing in October.
And Gase, 37, has made the rounds on the interview circuit over the past two years. He also interviewed this year with the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns for their head coaching jobs.
Gase becomes the NFLâs youngest head coach, but he has 16 years of experience at the college and NFL levels, starting as a defensive graduate assistant at LSU under then-coach Nick Saban in 2000.
After stints with the Detroit Lions (2003 to â07) and San Francisco 49ers (2008), Gase joined the Denver Broncos. He came onto the radar as a head-coaching candidate while working as Peyton Manningâs quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in Denver and earned positive reviews for his work with Jay Cutler as offensive coordinator in Chicago this past season.
The Dolphins became the first of seven teams with vacancies to make a hire. They interviewed six other candidates, including interim coach Dan Campbell, who guided Miami to a 5-7 record after replacing Philbin.
In the past 14 seasons, the Dolphins have made the playoffs once, going 11-5 under coach Tony Sparano in 2008. They havenât had a winning season since.