Today we continue Looking back at the 2016 off-season for the Miami Dolphins and the 20 moves that could impact not only the 2016 season but beyond.
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Number 1: Adam Gase
New system, new coaching staff, new focus, new expectations. It all starts with the 38-year-old first time head coach, Adam Gase. The Dolphins were never really likely to retain interim head coach Dan Campbell. Campbell changed the attitude in Miami but the season still managed to end as bad as it had starter.
Gase was a first for the Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. The first head coach that Ross had wanted from the start and was able to land. Previously, Ross had been jilted by Jeff Fisher in favor of the Rams and Ross hadn’t had much success, or any landing his top priority for general manager either.
There is little doubt that Gase is raw but he has done his time in the NFL as a coordinator for both the Bears and the Broncos working well with an assortment of quarterback types and styles. It’s here where the Dolphins are hoping Gase will be his best.
Gase not only became the head coach but he will handle all of the play calling duties assigning offensive coordinator Clyde Christenson to coaching and game planning. A well-respected coach in his own right, Gase’s desire to maintain play calling should allow the offensive to move more smoothly.
Where Gase lacks experience, he more than makes up for with his players. He is extremely well liked and respected not just by the team but by the league.
Hired on a four-year deal, Gase is the future and present of the Miami Dolphins and it’s unlikely that he will be on a short leash with Ross. The most important part of Gase’s success and his failure will ride on the shoulders of the men getting him the players he needs and how well he can progress Ryan Tannehill.
No other move this off-season will be scrutinized more in the next two years.