Adam Gase is the first one up for the Arizona Cardinals interview for their new head coach.
A year after going through the same routine, the Cardinals are doing it again.
Former Dolphins’ HC Adam Gase is scheduled to take his first HC interview this post-season with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2019
Gase, the 40-year old former Miami Dolphins head coach is versed in offensive football, he also has worked under some or the best coaches football has to offer.
Gase started his career with the Michigan State Spartans under Nick Saban, before following Saban to LSU as a defensive assistant and recruiting assistant.
Gase’s first work in the NFL came in 2003, at just 25 years old, Gase was a scouting assistant and eventually became an offensive assistant in 2005.
Despite a regime change, Gase stayed on with the Lions and under Rod Marinelli became an offensive quality control coach, before new head coach, Mike Martz promoted him to quarterbacks coach in 2007.
Gase followed Martz to San Francisco and was an offensive assistant coach with the 49ers in 2008.
Gase was a wide receiver coach in 2009-10 with the Denver Broncos, then quarterback coach in 2011-12, before becoming offensive coordinator under John Fox in 2013-14.
Gase would follow Fox to Chicago and in his single year with the Bears in 2015 was the Bears offensive coordinator.
Gase would then land his first job as a head coach, in Miami in 2016.
As Dolphins head coach, Gase would get off to an abysmal 1-4 start, before the Dolphins went 9-2 to finish the season with their first winning record since 2008 and make the playoffs.
It was the apex of Gase’s head coaching career.
Gase and the Dolphins were blown out in the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-12.
The next year, Ryan Tannehill would get injured and the Dolphins would bring Jay Cutler out of retirement, much to the chagrin of many within the Dolphins fanbase.
It didn’t work, the Dolphins finished 6-10 and in third place in the AFC East.
2018 would wind up costing Gase his job.
The Dolphins started 3-0, but finished 4-9, including three losses to end the season after the Miami Miracle.
Coming out of the Dolphins improbable win over the New England Patriots 34-33, the Dolphins, sitting at 7-6, would be outscored 100-41 and fall short of a playoff berth.
The 7-9 season was less of a problem than the 0-3 ending to the season where the Dolphins just were not competitive.
However, Gase’s work with quarterbacks cannot be denied, as he was able to get strong seasons out of Ryan Tannehill when healthy, and even pulled strong performances out of Cutler and Brock Osweiler.
With Josh Rosen being the key to the Cardinals immediate future, is Gase the right fit?