Adam Gase is the hottest coaching candidate this off-season. He has interviewed with a couple of teams and has been requested by just about every team with a vacancy. He is scheduled to talk with the Giants as well. Today, it’s the Miami Dolphins turn.
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Heading into the off-season the Dolphins were rumored to have Gase at the top of their priority list. The Chicago Bear and former Denver Bronco OC is supposed to be some kind of wonderkid with quarterbacks. But can he build a successful team? Can he commit to helping a quarterback when his focus is now on 53 men and not just one side of the ball?
Those are questions that will not be known until he is hired. A question that will be answered today, at least for the Dolphins is what kind of assistant coaches will he bring with him? Gase is a good coach there is no doubt but he has hardly had time to establish a group of high-end connections with top coaching assistants.
What likely will happen is Gase will want to bring in other young up and coming coordinators who can help him develop the team in his mold. That’s great if it works but if those coaches aren’t quite ready, then in three years Gase will be on the hot seat and in year four he will be gone. Miami will be doing the same thing they are doing today.
Honestly, while I’m not against Gase I’m more in the camp of hiring an experienced head coach. Mike Smith, Mike Shanahan, Tom Coughlin. Guys who have been there and one guy who came close. These are coaches that may not win in Miami and may not take the team to the playoffs but they are also coaches who will change the culture of the team from soft to physical. They will change the mentality of the team and the drive. And each of them bring with them solid teaching assistants.
After all these years of perpetual losing, I’m ready to get a coach who knows what he is doing. I’m done waiting for a coach to grow into the role. Of becoming the next Don Shula. Who by the way wasn’t a first time head coach when he joined the Dolphins.
Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, and Joe Philbin represent the last nine years of Miami Dolphins head football coaches and only Cameron didn’t have an interim head coach after he left. To me, if the Dolphins are going to go with an unknown up and coming guy, then they may as well will stick with Dan Campbell and let him ride it out and learn on the job. Gase has more experience but not as much as a head coach who has been there.
First time head coaches can be very very good. When they are taking over a team with solid talent. Miami doesn’t have solid talent they have some talent. They have holes and they have internal dysfunction that has left them without an identity. A first time coach isn’t going to fix that.