The Miami Dolphins and former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase have reached a deal for the vacant head coaching position. This is the ninth head coach the Dolphins have had since 2004. This signing is great news for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as Gase is a coach who can help develop quarterbacks and has even worked with Peyton Manning in Denver last season. Gase also helped Bears quarterback Jay Cutler this season. Cutler threw less interceptions and raised his QBR(ESPN’s rating system for quarterbacks).
The Dolphins had interviews with seven different candidates this week and Gase was the only one to get called back for a second interview. Gase interviewed for the head coaching position of the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants before ultimately signing with the Dolphins. Gase has been on the watch list of many teams around the NFL for the past couple of seasons despite not having any prior head coaching experience.
Miami is hoping that the paring of Gase and Tannehill will take them to the next level they thought they should have been on over the past few seasons. Tannehill is a fourth-year player, who got a four-year $96 million extension, but has just a 29-35 record. The Dolphins went 6-10 this season and Tannehill’s inconsistent play was a big reason behind that. Gase should be able to get the most out of Tannehill which will help the Dolphins improve as a team, at least from the offensive side of the football.
As for the Bears, they will look to replace Gase, which won’t be an easy task. If head coach John Fox decides to hire from within, then look for quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be in the mix. Ken Wisenhunt could be an option for Fox if he decides to go that route.
Miami has their coach and it will be interesting to see what Gase can get out of Tannehill. If this works out, Miami will be in line to make the turnaround complete and be a contender in the coming years. However, if this doesn’t work out, the same cycle will continue for the Dolphins.