The Miami Dolphins hired Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase on Thursday to fill the team's head coaching vacancy. Many people reacted to the team's hiring of Gase, releasing statements about the league's newest - and youngest - head coach.
All quotes via MiamiDolphins.com.
"I'm very happy for Adam. Adam had a great impact on me during our three years together here in Denver as my quarterbacks coach and then as offensive coordinator. He's an extremely hard worker, a grinder. He's extremely bright on all things football, an excellent communicator and always eager to learn more. He asks a lot of questions and writes everything down. I've always been impressed with his work ethic and his eagerness to learn more. He'll be an excellent head coach, without a doubt. He is ready for this for sure."
---Peyton Manning, quarterback, Denver Broncos (Gase served as his quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator)
"He has worked extremely hard his entire career and is very deserving of this opportunity. I wish he could stay with us in Chicago but everyone has a journey and this is the next part of his. His work with quarterbacks is well documented and I know first-hand how good he is. He will now continue to have success in this league as a head coach. I thank him for all his hard work and look forward to following this next step in his career."
---Jay Cutler, quarterback, Chicago Bears (Gase served as his offensive coordinator)
"Adam is a bright, young, energetic football coach who has worked very hard for this opportunity. I anticipate that Adam will be very successful as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins."
---John Elway, Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Denver Broncos / Hall of Fame quarterback (Gase served as the offensive coordinator for the Broncos)
"What I got out of that meeting (was) it's unusual for a young guy to go to a head coach behind closed doors and say, ‘Hey, I want a job. Hire me, please. I'll do whatever. So I created a job for him in coaching. I took him away from scouting and put him on the coaching staff as a quality control coach to get his feet wet and work hard and do whatever we asked him to do. I felt that he was very ambitious. I felt that he was very bright and he wanted to work. He was a very young, ambitious, bright kid.
"He retained knowledge and applies what he's learned and has kind of formulated his own offense and his own way of teaching. I think the players will respond to him. He's been around some really good quarterbacks, obviously. So I think that Ryan Tannehill will be very, very happy with him and his offense."
---Steve Mariucci, analyst, NFL Network (Head coach of Detroit Lions when Gase started his coaching career with Detroit)