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I work with a die-hard Broncos fan. I wanted to get his take on Gase as conventional wisdom is that he didn't have to do much because Peyton Manning was his QB.
This is what he said - "From everything I know about Gase, you guys got the real deal."
He added that Gase is two things:
1. An excellent Xs and Os guy who can adjust his system to the talent and can change the gameplan from week to week, quarter to quarter and drive to drive.
2. An excellent people person who can relate to all sorts of different personalities and is good at building relationships
He said that when Elway fired everyone, he wanted to keep Gase, but he needed to send a message. Also note, Fox immediately took Gase with him to Chicago.
He said that Gase's impact on Peyton Manning is understated because Manning is Manning, but that Gase played a huge role in setting up a system around Manning that took advantage of Manning's strengths, hence the record-breaking season. He also said it is no coincidence that the Broncos offense has gone downhill since Gase left.
Interesting insight from a Broncos fan. Most fans tend to rip former coaches.
I get it... no head coaching experience, another hot offensive coordinator that has benefitted from coaching an elite QB. After his hiring, former players and coaches have come out and praised him (this always happens, so it would be a similarity with anyone we hire, so cross this one off the list).
I get why the comparisons to Philbin are coming out.
But paying attention to 3 or 4 similarities causes one to ignore the vast differences.
First and foremost, put on any Joe Philbin and any Adam Gase interview and pay attention to their delivery, demeanor and presence.
Philbin comes off as a nice guy, but no intensity just a bunch of platitudes. We've seen him a million times. He looks too small for the job. We all know about the cue cards in the locker room. The guy simply does not inspire confidence. The best word to describe Philbin is DETACHED.
Gase comes off as a good balance of intense and cerebral. He seems very excited to be doing what he is doing. Gase isn't Dan Campbell running thru walls and destroying planets, but compared to Philbin, he has a pulse. Really, he comes off as genuine guy who loves what he is doing and can relate to people.
Also, yes, they both fall under the "HOT COORDINATOR" column. But one huge difference is that when Philbin was the Packers OC, McCarthy called the plays. The Packers ran McCarthy's system. Philbin did not have a system. Philbin had very limited in game experience.
My biggest beef with the Philbin hiring was exactly this. He had very little to do with developing Aaron Rodgers. He had very little to do with playcalling and he didn't even have his own system. Philbin was an OL coach before he was an OC. Obviously he wasn't very good at developing an O-line if you see his time with Miami.
Gase has called plays. Gase has his own system. Gase has been in in-game situations. Maybe not to call timeouts but to have an understanding of situations, of down and distance. Gase has been directly involved with the development of Jay Cutler, Tim Tebow and... Ok he didn't develop Peyton Manning and Manning runs his own offense, but Gase had to work with Manning.
Philbin didn't work with Rodgers, Mike McCarthy did.
Also, lets look at "pedigree". Philbin's mentors have been Mike Sherman and Mike McCarthy.
Gase has worked with multiple different personalities including Mike Martz, Nick Saban, Steve Mariucci and John Fox. His system is a blend of styles, from the West Coast Offense to Air Coryell (my personal favorite).
Lastly, Dolphins fans wanted that young, hot coordinator after the Tony Sparano years. We got the old, hot coordinator who wasn't really coordinating anything.
Now, we have the young, hot coordinator.
Will the results be different or the same? No way to tell today, but for those focusing on the similarities, pay attention to some vast differences as well.
On Saturday, the Miami Dolphins named the 12th coach in franchise history when they named highly respected Chicago Bears OC Adam Gase as their new Head Coach. The Dolphins held a 3:00 press conference yesterday to introduce Gase as Head Coach, and here is the press release below on the hiring of Adam Gase.
"The Miami Dolphins today announced Adam Gase has been named the 12th head coach in franchise history. Gase comes to Miami from the Chicago Bears, where he served as offensive coordinator the 2015 season. The Bears implemented more of a balanced offensive attack that improved the team’s rushing totals from No. 27 to No. 11 as the unit averaged 25.6 more rushing yards per game under Gase. Quarterback Jay Cutler’s yards per attempt increased by 0.8, the second largest one-year increase in Cutler’s career. He also threw seven fewer interceptions than the previous season. In addition, Gase brings a wealth of knowledge and success to Miami as the offensive coordinator for the greatest offense in NFL history. While Gase was the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014, the Broncos led the NFL in scoring offense (34.0 points per game), total offense (430.1 yards per game) and passing offense (315.8 yards per game). In 2013, the Broncos set 14 total NFL records for offense in scoring, including total points (606) and touchdowns (76). The explosive offense helped Denver finish the regular season 13-3, winning the AFC West and earning the top seed in the AFC playoffs, where the Broncos won the conference title and played in Super Bowl XLVIII. In addition to setting NFL team records, Gase also helped quarterback Peyton Manning have the most prolific season of any quarterback in NFL history. Manning’s 5,477 passing yards and 55 passing touchdowns were both NFL records that still stand today. Manning earned his fifth NFL MVP award and also was honored as the Maxwell Club Player of the Year and AP Offensive Player of the Year. During his two seasons as offensive coordinator, seven players from the Broncos offense were named to the Pro Bowl: RB C.J. Anderson (2014), T Ryan Clady (2014), Manning (2013-14), WR Emmanuel Sanders (2014), WR Demaryius Thomas (2013-14), TE Julius Thomas (2013-14) and G Louis Vasquez (2013). Gase spent six years on the Broncos staff, serving as wide receivers coach (2009-10), quarterbacks coach (2011-12) and offensive coordinator (2013-14). During those six years, the Broncos compiled a 58-38 (.604) regular-season record, won four AFC West titles, three playoff games and an AFC Championship, including a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII. An Ypsilanti, Mich. native, Gase also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers (2008) and Detroit Lions (2003-07), where he began his NFL career in scouting. He also worked as a recruiting assistant (2001-02) and graduate assistant (2000) at LSU under Head Coach Nick Saban."
On a national level, this hire has been appluaded, as Gase is highly respected by both players and coaches in the NFL. The fans of the Miami Dolphins, well now that is another story all together. Dolphins fans seem to be split on the hiring of Gase, as I have seen some comments of Gase being Joe Philbin 2.0. The hiring of Gase does continue a trend of the Dolphins hiring coordinators since Nick Saban, who coached the Dolphins from 2005-2006. One thing that is different between the two men is that Gase was the offensive coordinator and play caller for Bears, even if it was for just his one year with the Bears. I also believe that Gase can and will do a MUCH BETTER job of being able to communicate with players, relating to the players, something Philbin had a major issue with.
I do understand the concerns to some degree, as I believe some in the fan base wanted to go with a proven commodity like Mike Shanahan or Tom Coughlin, coaches with obvious head coaching experience, championship experience. Both men have also had their struggles over the years as well and both are over 60 years old. How much longer will these men want to coach? In the end, the Dolphins went thru their process, interviewed several coaches along with way and went BOLD in the hiring of Gase, who is only 37 years old. The Dolphins have had their eye on Gase for a period of time and was the coach they most wanted. Stephen Ross FINALLY got his man. A man that has been in demand for the last few years.
Gase could have been the new Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers last year, but the 49ers wanted Gase to include Jim Tomsula in his coaching staff. Gase stood his ground and would not include Tomsula, and the 49ers moved on and eventually hired Tomsula to be their new coach. And as we all know, the 49ers fired Tomsula after the 2015 season was over. The Eagles wanted to get Gase in for a 2nd interview as well and other teams were still lining up to interview him.
Miami was attracted to Gase to a big degree because of the work that he has done with quarterbacks, in particular Jay Cutler. Both Peyton Manning, who Gase worked with while at Denver and Cutler spoke in glowing terms about Gase. Miami has a young QB in Ryan Tannehill, and the Dolphins have made a major financial investment in Tannehill, as the Dolphins believes he is the quarterback of the future. Miami wants to give Tannehill every chance to develop into that quarterback that the Dolphins invision him becoming.
I don't know if Adam Gase is the right man for the job. In doing my research on Gase, I read and heard a lot of positive things about the young man. THe fact that SO MANY players and coaches in the NFL speak so highly of the young man certainly got my attention. But this does not mean anything in the landscape of becoming a successful head coach. One of the questions NOW that Gase is the head coach now is will he be able to put together a compotent coaching staff, as having a great coaching staff is as much a key as having a great head coach. Can Gase run a game, can he manage a game? Can he be a LEADER of an organization? These are questions that NEED to be and will be answered along with way.estion NOW that Gase is the head coach now is will he be able to put together a compotent coaching staff, as having a great coaching staff is as much a key as having a great head coach. Can Gase run a game, can he manage a game? Can he be a LEADER of an organization? These are questions that NEED to be and will be answered along with way.
Once again, is Adam Gase the right man for the job, I don't know. But I am willing to give the man the chance to put a staff together and see what he can do once we get the 2016 season started. Miami went bold with the hire, and I am hoping it pays off for them.