One week ago, the Miami Dolphins announced that Adam Gase would become the 12th head coach in franchise history. Since then, we have gotten to know more about him and the way he thinks. While one week isn't nearly enough time to get to know someone, we have seen and heard things from him that show intelligence, confidence, and yes, even a little bit of swagger.
We have also seen him take complete control of the offense, beginning with his introductory press conference. Minutes into that press conference, Gase confirmed that he would be calling plays when the Dolphins hit the sidelines for the 2016 season.
"Yes, I'll call the offensive plays. I feel like I've been doing it for the last three years. I really enjoy it. I really enjoy that aspect of putting the game plan together with the offensive staff. So going into this season, that's how we are going to start, with me calling them. And then as soon as we can shake through putting a staff together, talking to guys here, if I end up finding the right offensive coordinator that eventually I feel like I could turn the play calling over, then that's the direction we'll head. But as far as right now, I will be the play caller."
We have seen great offensive and defensive coordinators rise up through the ranks but then ultimately fail as head coach. They got to the top of the mountain by running their unit with precision and efficiency and yes, just about every one of them called plays in their coordinator role. So, why give that up when you get to the top of the mountain?
Think about it. You are the only graphic designer in a company. You create fantastic pieces of art over a consistent amount of time and you eventually get promoted to the CEO position because the owner of the company sees your talent, drive and determination. Now, as the CEO, do you put your trust into someone you hire from the outside to continue your excellence or do you still create pieces of work? One might think that as the CEO, you now have different responsibilities and the easy answer is to hire someone. But in reality, the reason why the company is thriving is because of your work. Put your trust into someone else or continue to do it your way to ensure the success of your company? I know which one I'm picking and it appears that Gase feels the same way.
But, it doesn't stop there. Gase continues with the fact that he will work directly with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. This isn't just because Gase is a so-called quarterback guru, but it's also because he realizes just how important the quarterback is to the overall success of a team.
"I think it's going to start with me. I think he needs a guy that's going to have his back; that he feels comfortable with right out the gate. And I'm going to be working directly with him. And then I am going to hire guys on the offensive staff to also help him develop. I feel like when we do put a staff together we are all going to be able to help him get a little bit better."
However, despite what some beat reporters in South Florida may think, the quarterback is not the end-all and be-all of the offense. Any quarterback must have a great supporting cast around him for him to truly be successful and Dolphins fans should be glad that their new head coach recognizes this as well.
"I was with Peyton Manning for three years and I feel like that was a great experience," Gase said on the Dan Le Batard show. "Dealing with Jay Cutler, a very talented guy, we just kind of changed a few things up as far as trying to maximize his strengths. I think Ryan has a lot of ability that we're looking to find what things he does best and then really lean on those and then we will need the guys around him to actually be that supporting cast to help him take it to the next level...It's hard to do alone, I know that. It takes a full unit to really succeed. We have to play better as a group. It's just not going to be one guy."
Having that overall vision for the team and more specifically, the offensive unit, allows Gase to really put himself front and center. While former head coach Joe Philbin was a more-CEO type allowing his coordinators to run their units, Gase is diving all-in on the offensive side of the ball while allowing defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to run the defensive side of the ball.
That's not to say that Gase won't talk to the defense. He will and has been known to sit in the different meeting rooms on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball during his various coaching stops. But, his stamp and his influence will be primarily with the offense. He will do that by calling on philosophies of former coaches he has worked with, such as Steve Marriuci, Mike Martz, Mike McCoy and yes, even Josh McDaniels.
That's certainly an impressive list of names and the one coach who has inspired him the most may surprise you because that person is McDaniels. Yes, Gase has taken the game-plan methods of the New England Patriots and has implemented it in Denver, Chicago and now Miami.
"I always feel like how I came up in this profession and then getting with Josh McDaniels was probably a very eye opening moment for me as far as developing a culture where you use your players to their strengths," Gase told Le Batard. "It's not really about the system that you run, it's about your players. How do you implement a certain scheme to benefit them and get the most out of them? Obviously, that was something that he did in New England and I love that philosophy and really tried to help implement that when I became coordinator in Denver. We started moving some pieces around when we had Tebow and then going to Peyton, we had a fluid offense to make sure that our players were playing the best position and using their talents to maximize their potential."
You can see the intelligence in everything that Gase has said. He appears to have a clear vision for the team, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Gase certainly does not lack confidence and the manner in which he talks shows just that. Of course, you need all three phases of the game to complement each other so it will be up to him to make sure that his offense works well with his defense and special teams.
Whether or not he will be successful remains to be seen but everything we have heard over the past week is certainly moving the needle into the green.
This column was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter! Follow @FinsInsider