The Miami Dolphins seem en route to picking Adam Gase as their next head coach. He will interview a second time Saturday for the vacant post, ESPN reported first Friday evening. And the team is not denying or pushing back against any of this.
So, Adam Gase.
All signs point to Gase as the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins if he and the team suffer no setbacks during their meeting Saturday.
Gase is the man owner Stephen Ross had as his favorite before the interviews even began.
Interestingly, I was told other men on the Dolphins' search committee had other favorites before the process began. I know of one member of the committee who entered the process thinking former Buffalo coach Doug Marrone was the best fit for the Dolphins.
Marrone interviewed Friday as did interim coach Dan Campbell, as did Mike Smith, Mike Shanahan, Teryl Austin, and Anthony Lynn before that.
And through it all, Gase, the owner's fave, sails through to a second interview.
Interestingly, the Dolphins had Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson scheduled for a first interview Sunday. That is not going to happen. A league source said Friday night Jackson is not expecting to meet with Miami now.
Some thoughts here:
Assuming nothing snags Gase's hiring -- such as this second meeting, contract (unlikely) or certain other demands -- he will become the fourth consecutive inexperienced head coach the Dolphins will hire and second straight under Ross's ownership. Gase has never been an NFL head coach, just like Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano and Joe Philbin had not. Indeed, Gase has never been a head coach anywhere.
The idea here seems to be that the Dolphins truly want to get their quarterback right. Ryan Tannehill got a big contract this year and didn't play up to the new money. If that trend continues, the player and the people who gave him his deal are likely out within a couple of years.
So the probable Gase hire would make sense in that regard. Gase, 37, has done good work in Denver and Chicago as the offensive coordinator. Notice I said good work. The Broncos had Peyton Manning. The Bears offense was in tatters because of injuries much of the year and Gase still got Jay Cutler to post his highest career quarterback rating.
Gase is known as being able to adapt to the skillset of his players. Yes, he has a system. But he's not married to that thing. He is married to Jennifer, the daughter of New Orleans assistant Joe Vitt. Gase is known for being able to take what his players are able to give and highlight those while trying to hide their flaws. Gase is known as kind of a no-nonsense, stoic guy. The Dolphins must hope that carries over in a locker room that needs more leadership.
But again, inexperience.
One more thing: This is Stephen Ross's choice because it was his pick when this all began. Just as Joe Philbin was his pick, just as keeping Jeff Ireland after he fired Tony Sparano was his pick, just as Dennis Hickey was his pick, just as hiring Mike Tannenbaum to basically replace Hickey was his pick. The owner's reputation is on the line.
Because his track record hiring on the football side has not been stellar.