Adam Gase, fresh off signing his five-year deal to become the Miami Dolphins' head coach, met with the media for his introductory press conference Saturday.
Gase has a well-established track record of success, most notably during his six-year stint with the Denver Broncos where he oversaw an offense that, in 2013, set NFL records for points scored (606), touchdowns (76), first-down conversions through the air (293) and tied the high mark for 50-point games with three.
When John Fox was fired as Broncos head coach last January, Gase left with him for the Chicago Bears after spending six seasons in Denver, where Gase had been promoted from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach and eventually offensive coordinator.
Gase’s success in Denver was rooted in play-calling. While he certainly benefited from guru quarterback Peyton Manning, Gase nonetheless has employed creative play calls that he plans to implement in Miami, per Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Adam Gase says he will call his own offensive plays. "Going into this season we'll start with me calling them."— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) January 9, 2016
Gase will also have full control of all personnel decisions, per Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Dolphins HC Adam Gase will have final say over Miami's 53-man roster and call the plays.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2016
Perhaps most paramount, Gase will be charged with developing Ryan Tannehill, who the team has high aspirations for and believes is a franchise quarterback. Gase's work with Jay Cutler in Chicago was impressive, and likely a reason he was hired.
Tannehill is a player who thrives on confidence, and Gase will address that directly, per Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post:
Gase says Tannehill's development will start with him. He needs a guy that has his back. He will work directly with him— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) January 9, 2016
Tannehill also gave his stamp of approval to owner Stephen Ross, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
Ross said Ryan Tannehill is "thrilled" by the Gase hire.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 9, 2016
Interim head coach Dan Campbell was also a finalist for the job after taking the reins and leading the team to a 5-7 mark. He didn’t take the news of Gase’s hire too well, per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald:
I'm told Dan Campbell was a finalist for the job. Was not happy when he was told he wasn't hired.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 9, 2016
The Dolphins reportedly “had a long conversation” regarding former New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, per Salguero, though Kelly speculated Ross wanted a younger candidate, and made Gase the league’s youngest head coach at 37:
Listening to Steve Ross it became very clear he preferred a young coach he could grow with.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) January 9, 2016
Above all, Gase will head to Miami with high expectations under owner Stephen Ross, per Salguero:
Ross talking about Super Bowls. "Adam Gase puts us in the same position to win Super Bowls."— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 9, 2016
As Wild Card Weekend commences, the Dolphins sit at home for the seventh straight season. But beliefs and ambitions, at least in Miami, are that they should resurrect quickly and contend for the AFC East, which has been won by the New England Patriots 13 times in the last 15 seasons.