Dolphins Will Name Adam Gase as New Head Coach

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase looks over the field before the NFL week 17 regular season football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 in Chicago.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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With a disappointing 2015 season in the books for the Miami Dolphins, the team will reportedly name Adam Gase as head coach, in the hopes he can put an end to its seven-year playoff drought.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the deal was done, and Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald confirmed the report. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network added the deal would be for five years. 

On Friday, Schefter reported Gase was scheduled to meet with the Dolphins regarding their head coaching vacancy for the second time Saturday.

On Thursday, the Dolphins announced their initial interview with Gase. Salguero noted, "Gase will have to convince other people on [the] Dolphins coach committee because he's not their personal [favorite] at [the] start of the process."

On Wednesday, Jason La Canfora of reported the Dolphins were planning to make a "strong, strong push" for Gase, adding they've "been locked on him for a while."

Campbell Interview Date Revealed 

Friday, Jan. 8

Simon Clancy of Sports Illustrated reported Campbell was expected to serve as "an assistant under Gase."

On Jan. 4, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, citing a source, reported Miami would interview interim head coach Campbell on Friday.

Dolphins No Longer Targeting Jackson

Friday, Jan. 8

Salguero reported Hue Jackson, who was scheduled to meet with the Dolphins on Sunday, was no longer expected to interview for the Dolphins' head coaching vacancy.

Miami Considering Marrone

Friday, Jan. 8

The team announced it interviewed Doug Marrone for its then-vacant head coach position.

Lynn Interviews for Vacant Position

Wednesday, Jan. 6

The Associated Press reported Buffalo Bills running backs coach and assistant head coach Anthony Lynn interviewed for the Dolphins' head coaching vacancy on Wednesday.

Smith to Interview with Dolphins

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Rapoport reported Miami's interest in former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is "very real," adding the team is doing "background work with ex-players and coaches."

On Monday, Salguero reported the Dolphins were meeting with Smith, but the team would not confirm the interview. 

Dolphins Request Interviews with Multiple AFC East Coaching Staff Members

Monday, Jan. 4

Schefter reported Miami requested interviews with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as well as Buffalo Bills assistant head coach Anthony Lynn.

Shanahan Interview Scheduled

Monday, Jan. 4

Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum confirmed to reporters the team will interview Mike Shanahan on Tuesday.

Earlier, Marvez reported Shanahan, who has won one playoff game since winning back-to-back Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos in 1997 and 1998, would interview with the team. Schefter confirmed the interview and noted this will be Shanahan's second interview with the Dolphins, as they met on Dec. 22.

Austin to Interview with Dolphins

Sunday, Jan. 3

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview with the Dolphins this week, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Dolphins Owner Provides Coaching Search Update

Friday, Jan. 1

According to Salguero, Ross sent a letter to season-ticket holders Friday promising a thorough head coaching search:

I had high expectations headed into this year and the on-field results have been disappointing... for you, our staff, our coaches, our players and alumni players, and certainly for me. Through it all, your support has been unwavering. We had capacity crowds at every home game and thousands of you joined us on the road. Everyone at the Dolphins appreciates your consistent loyalty and support.

There are no shortcuts or magic formulas to winning. I know it will take hard work for us to get where we want to go and I can assure you that everyone at the Dolphins is working hard to honor the proud winning tradition of our great franchise.

We are going to conduct a thorough process led by Mike Tannenbaum to select our head coach that will not be constrained by convention in our approach. This search will be thorough and we will take it wherever we need to go. I appreciate everything Dan Campbell has done this season and he has earned the opportunity to be considered for head coach. We've also identified several promising candidates and will begin work immediately.

Miami fired Joe Philbin after a 1-3 start to the season, and Campbell posted a 5-7 record after taking over.

While Campbell initially seemed to breathe new life into the team by winning his first two games as head coach, the Dolphins had cooled considerably before upsetting the New England Patriots in the regular-season finale.

With the Dolphins finishing .500 or worse for the seventh consecutive season, the pressure is most definitely on Ross, Tannenbaum and Co. to find an answer on the sidelines. 


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