A look at the 2016 new NFL head coaches
By Brian Miller
New head coach – Adam Gase
Previous head coach – Joe Philbin/Dan Campbell
The Miami Dolphins wanted to make a splash in their head coaching search and they did just that. Not be hiring Adam Gase but by conducting a thorough non-dysfunctional search for a head coach. Owner Stephen Ross had been jilted previously by his first choices. Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher but this time he got the guy he wanted from the start.
Gase brings a young innovative mind to the Dolphins. He has no ego and reportedly gets along with everyone. Well respected, Gase received a lot of accolades heading into the process this season. He interviewed four times last year for vacancies and turned down opportunities to interview with teams he didn’t feel he fit with. Gase has also been praised for his work with quarterbacks. It’s a big factor in the Dolphins decision to hire him as they are hoping he can turn Ryan Tannehill into a top elite quarterback.
Gase’s biggest question mark will be his inexperience. He has never been a head coach at any level and is putting together an inexperienced coaching staff as well. But Gase is hiring people that he can work with and that share his same vision for success. In addition he will work closely with the executives without any expected problems.
Whether Gase can turn the franchise around is completely dependent on how well he can lead the players and how well they respond to him. If Gase can’t get the job done, the Dolphins will be in this position again in four seasons.