Dolphins Adam Gase staff talk doesn’t excite
By Brian Miller
When the Miami Dolphins hired Adam Gase to be their head coach, many believed that his reputation in the NFL would be enough to lure some top quality coaching staff. Thus far we know very little about who he is actually reaching out to but we have some rumors.
What we know is that there is no rush for Gase to hire and offensive coordinator and in fact he may not. Gase is going to call the plays not because he wants to maintain control but because he genuinely likes calling plays. So while he will need to add offensive coaches, the title of OC may not actually be in the near future. When he does, you can look at it like Joe Philbin’s OC position in Green Bay. It’s not really an OC.
Defensively it’s a different story. Miami needs a defensive coordinator and the rumor is that he is reaching out to Vance Joseph the DB coach from the Bengals. I’m not a fan of this move at all. Gase to me is already a weak motivator from what I have read and seen. He doesn’t come across as a vocal leader but instead a very smart one. While that’s great, we have gone the intelligent quiet types before and got nothing out of it.
Gase in my opinion needs a strong staff to support him. Not a bunch of first time head coaches that he thinks will grow with him. The time for growing is over, it’s time to man-up. Gase needs quality experienced staff to make his job and this team better and guys like Vance Joseph are position coaches for a reason. Develop a coaching staff and promote from within. Miami doesn’t do that. The best teams do that.
Another rumor making it’s rounds is a possible interview with offensive line coach Chris Foerster. If the name sounds familiar it should. He was the Oline coach in 2004 under Dave Wannstedt. The same year Wannstedt resigned and the Dolphins fielded one of the worst offensive lines in history. Which is tough considering the last few years have been pretty atrocious as well. So we have an inexperienced DB coach as a possible DC and an offensive line coach who has consistently coached the position to a bottom third ranking at all of his stops.
Not exactly what I thought Miami was buying with Gase. I expected names like Schwartz or Mike Smith or other top up and coming coaches. Not a position coach who coached a unit to a 22nd ranked unit.
The good news is and yes there is good news, Gase hasn’t hired anyone yet. So all of this could simply be unsubstantiated fodder.