There has been much speculation, since the Dolphins fired head coach Adam Gase on Monday morning, as to how quickly he might land somewhere else, including as a possible head coach in the NFL in 2019?
That has now been bolstered by a report Tuesday morning the Gase is already lined up a head coaching interview with the Arizona Cardinals.
Former Dolphins’ HC Adam Gase is scheduled to take his first HC interview this post-season with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2019
Arizona fired coach Steve Wilks Monday after one disastrous season, where they finished 3 – 13. The Cards took UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen last year with the 10th overall pick, but he had very little success in 2018, obviously. He completed just 55% of his passes with 11 TDs and 14 INTs with a dismal 66.7 quarterback rating.
Gase, whose entire background has been built on tutoring quarterbacks as an assistant and an offensive coordinator before being the head coach with the Dolphins, would seem to be a great mentor option for the Cardinals.
However some good insight came here from Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald as to Gases’ thoughts on Rosen in the pre-draft process a year ago:
He had serious issues with misgivings about Josh Rosen coming out of the draft last year but an interview is an interview, I guess. https://t.co/WCEq21CXPK
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 1, 2019
The Dolphins elected not to try to trade up in the draft to grab one of the four marquee quarterbacks that were taken in the top 10, and that included Rosen.
Gase stuck instead with Ryan Tannehill coming off of a surgically repaired ACL. And while the Dolphins started the season 3 – 0, Tannehill got hurt in October and missed five games with a shoulder injury. Miami recovered to get to 7 – 6 and on the fringe of the playoff talk in the AFC.
However, they faltered badly, losing all three remaining games and finishing with a second consecutive losing season. That led owner Stephen Ross to make the decision to fire Gase Monday.
Gase is a former offensive coordinator in Chicago with Jay Cutler quarterbacking. And, he previously also was quarterback coach and offensive coordinator with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
The Cardinals are viewed as the biggest reclamation project right now in the NFL. This as, veteran Hall of Fame to be wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will likely retire, and perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has already expressed that he wants to be traded from the mess that the Cardinals have become the last two seasons.
One other aspect that will make the Cardinal job attractive is they hold the number one overall pick upcoming in this year’s draft for whoever their new coach is going to be
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