Dolphins Adam Gase will call the plays

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The Miami Dolphins held their introductory press conference today for Adam Gase, announcing him as the head coach. There was some really interesting information that came out of the press conference.

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To start, Adam Gase will have control over the 53 man roster. Mike Tannenbaum made it clear that while there will be discussions and that Chris Grier would handle getting players to Miami, the final 53 man roster is Gase’s to control.

The bigger news is that Gase announced that he will continue to call plays during games. He said, “I really enjoy it, it’s fun.” Gase becomes the first Dolphins head coach in as long as I can remember who will actually call his own plays. I believe Cam Cameron was the last to attempt to do it but I’m not honestly certain.

Gase made it clear that he and whatever staff he assembles will work with Ryan Tannehill and that the schemes will be designed to maximize the players on the team. Something that many believed was a big problem for Joe Philbin.

With this hire, Gase becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL. He attributed his rise, success, and molding to Nick Saban who took him from Michigan State University to LSU when he took over that job, Mike Martz, and John Fox.

Gase did not make any predictions on Ryan Tannehill and admitted to not seeing a lot of film on the quarterback but said that it will all be about evaluation, of all the players. He made it clear that he will look at the strengths and weaknesses of the players on the roster. He also said that he wants an offense that will attack and have a bit of swagger to it.

Gase will start filling his coaching staff soon and when asked about Dan Campbell’s future, Stephen Ross said that all decisions on the coaching staff are Gase’s. It might be too much to ask of a new first time head coach to retain a man who is so revered in the organization. Both Ross and Mike Tannenbaum clearly expressed their thoughts on Campbell which could be an indication that he will not be back.

The Dolphins new head coach will likely start filling his staff sooner rather than later so the next few days will be critical and fast-moving. Miami is now a step ahead of other teams who will be looking for coordinators after they find a head coach.