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Dolphins hire Clyde Christensen to be offensive coordinator

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The Miami Dolphins have added Clyde Christensen to their coaching staff.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase started popping up on the radar for teams looking to replace the man at the top of the coaching pyramid within their respective franchises after he worked his way up in the Denver Broncos organization, first as a quarterbacks coach then as the offensive coordinator. In those jobs, Adam Gase worked with future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. On Saturday, Gase hired the man who was coaching the quarterback who forced Manning out of Indianapolis.

The Dolphins, according to multiple media reports, have hired Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen to take the vacant offensive coordinator position South Florida.

Christensen has served as the Colts' quarterbacks coach since 2012, working with first overall draft pick Andrew Luck.

Christensen began his coaching career in 1979 as a graduate assistant at the University of Mississippi. He then held various offensive coaching positions at East Tennessee State, Temple, East Carolina, Holy Cross, University of South Carolina, University of Maryland, and Clemson before moving to the NFL in 1996.

His first job in the professional league was as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' tight ends coach from 1996 to 1998, being promoted for the 1999 season to the team's quarterbacks coach. He then was promoted again in 2001, serving once season as the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator. In 2002, following Tony Dungy from Tampa to Indianapolis, Christensen moved to the Colts as a wide receivers coach, adding the "assistant head coach" title in 2008. In 2009, he moved to the team's offensive coordinator role, with Manning as his quarterback, a position he held until he became the team's quarterbacks coach in 2012.

Gase, who was hired last Saturday and will be entering his first season as a head coach, has already stated that he plans to call offensive plays himself, so Christensen's main responsibilities will be game planning and running the offensive side of practices. Gase has said, once he is comfortable with an offensive coordinator, he will consider giving up the play calling duties.