Gase is the hottest of the young coordinators so, undoubtedly due to his "magical" turnaround of Jay Cutler late in his career. Like the Dolphins, Gase is drawing attention from many other teams, including the Cleveland Browns, who have already interviewed Gase. Gase began his NFL career as a scouting assistant for the Detroit Lions in 2003, and has served as the OC under John Fox for both the Denver Broncos from 2013-2014 and the Bears this past season. Cutler, under Gase's guidance, boosted his total QBR from 88.6 to 92.3 this past season.
Many are hoping Gase can do the same things with Ryan Tannehill.
However, some analysts and fans (me included) are skeptical of Gase for one main reason: he has no experience as a head coach. On top of that, he barely has any experience as an offensive coordinator. The Miami Dolphins need an extreme makeover across the board of this team, not just on offense. They need better play from their defense and their offensive line, not just from their QB. They need someone who knows who to draft and how to get the most out of their players, not just the ability to improve the play of one player.
These are the questions that I don't think Adam Gase has the answers to. Compare him to Cincinnati Bengals OC Hue Jackson. Both are "hot coordinators" and on many organization's radars right now as potential future head coaches. The difference?
Jackson has experience as a head coach. He knows what to do from Day 1 and knows what to demand from his players. Does Gase? Maybe. He may have the fire and the drive to demand resepct in a locker room and may have the knowledge he needs. But it is not for certain, and it won't come without growing pains.
The Dolphins don't have time to sit through these growing pains. It is what they have done the past 9 years under three coaches who like Gase were at one point "hot coordinators" without head coaching experience.
So, my question to Stephen Ross is this: for what reason exactly is Gase your "favorite" so far in this search?