Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase was supposed to have a second interview with the Eagles. He didn’t. He’s now supposed to have a second interview with the Dolphins, according to ESPN.
Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, “all signs point” to Gase becoming the next coach of the Dolphins.
Salguero has said consistently that Gase is the first choice of owner Stephen Ross. And if Gase gets the job, it’ll be the first time Ross gets his first choice when it comes to making a major hire.
The concern is whether Gase is ready. A year ago, the Broncos didn’t consider him as the replacement for John Fox, and the 49ers hired Jim Tomsula instead. But a year working with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler improved Gase’s stock dramatically, making him a guy that several teams covet.
It doesn’t hurt that Gase is viewed as a guy who can gets along with tough personalities. Indeed, he managed to work well with Cutler and Peyton Manning before that, two difficult quarterbacks for very different reasons. In the current hiring cycle, plenty of coaching searches are being led by plenty of guys who don’t want a coach whose ego or aspirations will undermine folks who currently are employed in critical positions.
For Gase, the critical task will be to get the most out of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Or, sooner than later, to find and develop a better alternative.