Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase interviewed Thursday for the Dolphins’ head-coaching position.
Gase became the fifth candidate to interview for the position, following former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith, two-time Super Bowl champion Head Coach Mike Shanahan, Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin and Buffalo Bills Assistant Head Coach Anthony Lynn.
Gase, who at 37 is five years younger than the NFL’s youngest head coach (Mike McCoy of the Chargers), just finished his first season with the Bears.
He joined the Bears after spending the previous two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. Gase interviewed for a head-coaching job with five different teams last offseason before joining former Denver head coach John Fox in Chicago.
Under Gase’s tutelage, veteran quarterback Jay Cutler finished the 2015 season with the highest passer rating (92.3) of his career.
In Denver in 2013, Gase oversaw an offense that set NFL record with 76 touchdowns and 606 points. That season, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player after breaking NFL single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55).
Unlike most NFL coaches, Gase didn’t play college football. After graduating from Michigan State University in 1999, Gase began his coaching career working for Nick Saban at LSU.
Gase was a defensive graduate assistant in 2000 before working in recruiting from 2001-02.
Gase’s first job in the NFL was as a scouting assistant with the Detroit Lions in 2003-04. He first became a position coach in 2007 when he coached the Lions quarterbacks.
After a year in San Francisco as an offensive assistant, Gase then moved to Denver to become wide receivers coach. He became quarterbacks coach in 2011 and held that title for two seasons.