Adam Gase Named Miami Dolphins Head Coach

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase was a popular head coaching candidate a season ago, nearly getting the job with the San Francisco 49ers, and he's now been named as the Dolphins' new head coach. The team announced the move on Jan. 9. 

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported Gase was negotiating a deal to become the Dolphins' new head coach, although he noted no deal had been completed yet. 

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Dolphins scheduled a second interview with Gase for Saturday, making him the first candidate to interview for the head coaching vacancy multiple times.

On Thursday, the Dolphins announced they interviewed Gase.

Salguero reported Gase would "have to convince other people on Dolphins coach committee because he's not their personal [favorite] at start of the process."

"The [Miami Dolphins] will make a strong, strong push for [Gase] I'm told. Been locked on him for a while. Will try to keep from getting back to [the Philadelphia Eagles]," Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Wednesday.

Conflicting Reports Surround Potential 2nd Interview with Eagles

Thursday, Jan. 7

Reuben Frank of reported the Eagles have not scheduled a second meeting with Gase despite a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Wednesday that stated the team would meet with Gase this weekend.

Frank, citing "a league source familiar with the Eagles' thinking," reported no second interview has been scheduled with any candidate for the position and that it "doesn’t mean the Eagles weren't impressed with Gase or they don't consider him a good candidate."

The Eagles announced Tuesday that they had interviewed Gase.

Gase on Giants' Radar

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported the Giants have reached out to Gase. Peter Schrager of reported Gase's meeting with the Giants' brass will take place on Friday.

Browns Considering Gase

Sunday, Jan. 3

Mark Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reported the Browns would go hard after Gase as soon as they fire [head coach Mike] Pettine. The Browns would later part ways with Pettine after Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Rapoport reported Gase will interview with the Browns on Wednesday.

Lions Reportedly Showing Interest in Gase

Sunday, Dec. 13

According to La Canfora, the Detroit Lions are interested in Gase and would make him a primary candidate to replace Jim Caldwell if the Lions decided to make a change at head coach this season.

Sources told La Canfora that Gase is intrigued by the opportunity to work with Lions starting quarterback Matt Stafford.

Gase, 37, also has strong ties to the organization. He served on the coaching staffs of Steve Mariucci and Rod Marinelli earlier in his coaching career and is close with new Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. And he "remains close to several members of the Lions' front office," per La Canfora.

Gase Emerging as Top Head Coaching Candidate 

Gase, who has worked wonders with Jay Cutler this season as Chicago's offensive coordinator, previously spent two seasons as the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, helping to construct one of the league's deadliest offenses, led by Peyton Manning. He's considered one of the game's brightest offensive minds and has shown the ability to get the most out of his quarterback in his tenures as offensive coordinator. 

Gase seems likely to be one of the hottest coaching commodities on the market again this offseason. With several positions likely to open up around the league, he should have no shortage of interest even if Detroit ultimately decides to stick with Caldwell or goes in a different direction altogether.


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