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Adam Gase inches closer to being the Miami Dolphins new head coach

You want blow by blow of the Miami Dolphins coach search? Here it is:

The Miami Dolphins are currently in contract negotiations with Adam Gase to make him their next head coach. A deal is not complete at this moment. Both sides expect a deal to get done, however, perhaps before the end of Saturday. Gase will be in South Florida.

So barring a last-minute glitch, Adam Gase.

ESPN reported Gase was headed to South Florida for a second interview. That's not exactly true. Gase isn't interviewing again. He's the guy. The Dolphins just want him in town as the negotiation proceeds. (They'll be talking a lot over the next few years).

Gase is only 37-years-old, has never been a head coach anywhere, and has been an offensive coordinator only three years but the Miami Dolphins fell in love with him as soon as they talked to him. Actually before they talked to him, if you realize owner Stephen Ross picked Gase as his favorite head coach candidate well before interviewing him, as I was first to report.

Gase beat out six other candidates -- including three former head coaches and interim coach Dan Campbell -- who interviewed for the job since the season ended Jan. 3.

On the plus side of this search: The Dolphins did fast work. Only time will tell if they did good work. But they definitely did quick work.

Gase will be Miami's 12th head coach since 1966 when the franchise was established. But  more importantly, and ominously, he will be the fifth head coach since Ross took over controlling ownership in 2009. 

Interestingly, if these negotiations bear fruit it will mark the first time a football search headed by Ross lands the owner's favorite candidate.

Ross wanted to hire Jim Harbaugh as his coach in 2011 but was rebuffed. Ross initially wanted Jeff Fisher as coach in 2012 but was turned down again. He offered the job to more than one general manager candidate in 2014, according to multiple reports, but could not land one until Dennis Hickey, a late candidate, finally accepted.

At least Ross is apparently closing the deal this time.

Stay tuned.

 

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