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NOTEBOOK: Gase To Call The Offensive Plays; Other Notes

Posted Jan 9, 2016

The Dolphins new head coach touched on a variety of topics on Saturday, including the offensive play calling, the building of the coaching staff and more.

Adam Gase was introduced as the Dolphins’ new head coach Saturday and the reason he landed the job was his work as an offensive coordinator with Denver and Chicago the past three seasons.

Part of those duties involve calling offensive plays, and Gase said Saturday he plans on handling that responsibility again next season.

“I’ll call the offensive plays,” Gase said. “I’ve been doing it for the last three years. I really enjoy it. I enjoy the aspect of putting the game plan together with the offensive staff. Going into this season, that’s how we’re going to start, with me calling them and then as soon as we can shake through as far as putting the staff together, talking to guys here, if I end up finding the right offensive coordinator and eventually I feel like turning the play-calling over, that’s the direction we’ll head, but as far as right now I will be the play-caller.”

TOO SOON ON STAFF

One of the first orders of business for Gase after accepting the Dolphins’ head-coaching position was assembling a coaching staff.

It figures to be done fairly quickly, but certainly not by the time he was holding his introductory press conference.

“Well, I’ve been here for about two hours, so I would say we haven’t made much progress,” Gase joked. “We’ll be working on that today. There’s a lot of teams still playing in the playoffs. We’ll see how things shake out here in the next few days.”

Owner Stephen Ross said Gase will have full authority over his coaching staff when he was asked about the possibility of Dan Campbell, who finished the 2015 season as the Dolphins’ interim head coach, being retained.

“I love Dan Campbell,” Ross said. “He’s done a great job. I’d love to see him in the organization, but Adam has really a free hand to hire his assistants. He’ll probably meet with Dan.

“The way we feel about Dan as an organization is fantastic. Dan Campbell is an outstanding guy. They’re going to talk. He’ll figure it out. He’s a guy that has a lot of confidence. He gets along great with people. He’s exceptional at that, as is Dan. I think Dan will be a head coach one day in the National Football league; I certainly hope so because he deserves it.”

RULING OVER ROSTER

Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum announced during his introduction of Gase that the new coach will have final say over the final 53-man roster, while General Manager Chris Grier and his staff will be responsible for player acquisitions throughout the year.

“This way our players know they are ultimately held accountable to him and that’s who they will be answering to,” Tannenbaum said. “Philosophically we control the indoor and Adam will control the outdoor as we are working in a partnership.”

Owner Stephen Ross also used the word “accountability” when he discussed the topic after the press conference.

“He’s accountable to making it all happen,” Ross said. “If you have the general manager arguing with the coach and then the players know, who am I really reporting to? Who has got accountability? And if you look at them and talk to the great franchises that year after year have been winners, it’s where the coach is accountable for everything and the players know who to look to in terms of leadership and accountability.”

HELPING HAND

San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy, who interviewed for the Dolphins coaching job in 2012, might have played a minor role in Gase landing in Miami.

McCoy was the offensive coordinator in Denver when he interviewed for the Dolphins position and the team’s quarterbacks coach was Gase, who then took over after McCoy became Chargers head coach in 2013.

When Gase was asked Saturday by The Finsiders the factors that made him interested in the Dolphins job, he mentioned conversations he had had with McCoy.

“I was lucky enough to talk to Mike McCoy, who had been around Mr. Ross quite a bit about four years ago, and I remember him at the time talking about him quite a bit,” Gase told The Finsiders. “And then every year he would bring him up. He just kept talking about him and I kept hearing all the great things he would say about him. When Mike (Tannenbaum) took over down here, when there was a change and things started coming up, I was very interested and then the opportunity to work with Ryan (Tannehill) at the quarterback position and just knowing that there is a nucleus here as far as that roster and seeing what I could do to help make this team better.”

MEETING THE COACH

Gase confirmed reports he had come across quarterback Ryan Tannehill and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh when he was at the team’s facility Thursday for his initial interview.

Gase described it as an introductory meeting.

“I was talking to Ryan after and he was thrilled,” Ross told The Finsiders. “Obviously he hadn’t really known Adam before, but having met him and the time they spent, I think he’s really thrilled knowing what he’s done in the past.”

Even though he’s now a head coach, Gase says he will use his experience working with quarterbacks and do a lot of hands-on work with Tannehill.

“I think it’s going to start with me,” Gase said. “I think he needs someone that’s going to have his back, that he feels comfortable with right off the gate. I’m going to be working directly with him and then I am going to hire guys on the offensive staff to also help him develop. I feel like when we do put a staff togegher, we’re all going to be able to help him get a little bit better.”

THIS AND THAT

Gase was asked about the idea of living in South Florida after coaching stops in Detroit, Denver and Chicago. “Well, I don’t know how many times Mike (Tanneubaum) said 75 (degrees) and no state income tax ... 100?” Gase joked. Tannenbaum quickly chimed in: “I wasn’t sure if you were listening.” ... Gase said his offensive and defensive schemes would be tailored to fit the players on the roster.

LAST WORD

Dolphins Owner and Michigan alum Stephen Ross on hiring Michigan State alum Adam Gase: “If a Michigan guy can hire a Michigan State guy to lead an organization, that tells you you really found the right guy.”
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