Like many of you, we at Dolphins Truth were hesitant at first when the Dolphins hired Adam Gase. He was not on our radar for head coach, and we definitely wanted to hire a coach with experience and a championship under his belt.
And while he’s still never coached his first game yet, we’re seeing things in him that are starting to win us over and give us a little confidence.
First of all, his youth and modern thinking could be an asset. There was a time in the NFL when the shotgun formation was a new marvel. When a cover-2 D or a zone blitz were innovative. When the West Coast offense was unstoppable because no one knew how to defend it. Joe Montana made a career out of dumping 3-yard screen passes to Roger Craig because no one but no one threw to the RBs consistently at that time.
The point is that the game evolves. And too often (attention, Mr. Philbin), coaches with 20-30 years of experience in one method can’t catch up to what others are doing.
Gase does not have to change his ways from his old-school past to the modern game. Because he has no old-school past to overcome. He could be an innovator, rather than a reactor to others’ innovations.
This head coach will be running his own offense, and that is a good thing. Gase will be calling the plays, and (apparently) Tannehill will have the chance to check off to a better play. These aren’t major changes to some teams, but to a Dolphins team that’s had very little offensive excitement in the past decade, it could prove very beneficial.
When he gives an interview, there are subtleties in the way he talks that indicate how honest and forthcoming he is. He will admit it when the offense stinks or when a player needs to get tougher or what specifics he wants changed. Under our previous coaches, all we ever heard was “We have to get better” or “We will get that corrected.”
I think the players are intereacting with him in the right way. Even more, I think they want to interact with him. If Peyton Manning consistently sought Gase’s advice, then he must know something, right? I can’t recall a single player in the last three years saying anything like “I didn’t understand that formation, so I went to Philbin for advice.” But we are hearing such things about Gase.
Time will tell. He’s accomplished zilch so far. All we’re saying is that he is starting off on the right foot.