Let me start off with the same caveat: I want Adam Gase to be a winner and I hope he succeeds wildly as Dolphins head coach.
I’m not gonna be negative, but I owe it to my readers to be factual.
And the fact is this: When Adam Gase was the Broncos offensive coordinator last year, they failed in the playoffs. This year, once they got rid of Gase, they made it to the Super Bowl.
On top of that, a year ago the Broncos interviewed Gase to be their head coach. This is very notable for the same reason I will bring up Joe Philbin.
The Broncos knew Gase intimately. He was the incumbent offensive coordinator, seeking a promotion within the team he knew best. The Broncos executives certainly knew him as well.
The Broncos executives had worked with Gase day in and day out for years. The players knew him very well. The Bronco executives knew him better than anybody, and despite all of that, they turned him down for some reason.
Enter Stephen Ross. Gase is hired. If a man’s own bosses, who know him better than anyone, don’t think he’s right for the job, then why would some stranger—3,000 miles away who has never met the man–say that he IS right for the job?
It’s like receiving a resume from a potential employee. You call and check the references, and the former boss says, “I worked with him daily for years. He wasn’t good enough.” Then you hire him anyway!
Same exact Philbin scenario a few years ago. Nobody in the Packer organization allowed Philbin to make decisions. The Packer executives and Head Coach Mike McCarthy knew Philbin intimately, and none of those guys thought Philbin should be making decisions. No personnel decisions. No play calling. Nothing.
Philbin’s bosses knew he wasn’t good enough.
Enter Stephen Ross. Philbin is hired.
It’s a very scary repeat performance. I’m happy that Peyton Manning thinks that Gase is a nice guy. But what is troubling to me is that no one in Denver thought Gase was head coaching material. And the folks in Denver knew him best.
So Gase didn’t get the head coaching job last year in Denver. No big deal, right? He’ll just remain as offensive coordinator, right? Uh, nope. Denver got rid of him, replaced him with Rick Dennison, and now is playing in the Super bowl.
Gase, meanwhile, moved on to the Chicago Bears, where his new team finished in last place.
Perhaps the Broncos and Packer executives are wiser than those of the Dolphins.
By the way, I LOVE this tidbit:
If anyone ever doubted that Mr. Ross is merely a casual Dolphan, look at item #8 in the article above.