After three seasons, the Miami Dolphins and Adam Gase are parting ways, per a report from Ian Rapoport.
In his first season as a head coach leading the Dolphins in 2016, Gase started 1-4 before rattling off a six-game win streak and finished the year an impressive 10-6. That mark was good for second place in the AFC East behind the Patriots. That season ended with a first-round exit in the playoffs, but provided a lot of hope for the future of the franchise moving forward after being mired in mediocrity for years.
2017 saw the team regress a bit, going 6-10. This season, Gase’s Dolphins have struggled with consistency and injuries and their loss to the Bills Sunday dropped them to 7-9 on the year.
Overall, Gase was 23-25 leading the Dolphins as a first-time head coach.
Before landing the Dolphins job, Gase had made a name for himself rather quickly as an offensive coordinator. He rose quickly in the profession, starting as a graduate assistant at LSU in 2000 before moving into a recruiting role in 2001 and 2002. In 2003 Gase landed a scouting assistant job with the Detroit Lions, moved into an offensive assistant role in 2005-06 and was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2008. After spending a season with the 49ers as an offensive assistant, he landed the wide receivers job with the Broncos in 2009, and moved to quarterbacks in 2011.
In his first season as offensive coordinator, Gase led a Broncos offense with Peyton Manning that broke the Patriots scoring record for a single season, setting a new NFL record of 606 points. In 2015, he followed John Fox to Chicago as offensive coordinator for a season before landing the Dolphins job.
His rapid rise through the ranks, coupled with his experience in Miami and his youth at just 40 years old, will make him a prime target for other NFL openings this off season cycle. While it’s certainly early, I’ve seen a number of reports that state the Browns have interest and the pieces they have in place in Cleveland may prove to be a great landing spot for him.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop as things develop.
Source: The #Dolphins fired Adam Gase.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2018
Owner Stephen Ross was increasingly dissatisfied with the climate in his organization. I'd expect Gase to be in play in, among other places, Cleveland. https://t.co/gApJqcjJ69
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 31, 2018
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 31, 2018