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Jets hire former Dolphins coach Adam Gase

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Well, the Jets-Dolphins rivalry just got turned up a notch or two. This as, former Dolphins coach Adam Gase will stay in the AFC East after the New York Jets hired him to become their new head coach Wednesday night ending their 10-day search.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport had the info first on Gase’s new home:

It’s a quick redemption for Gase, who was fired nine days ago in Maimi, after three seasons,  and where his team made the playoffs at 10-6 in year one. However, when quarterback Ryan Tannehill injured his ACL in training camp of 2017 and was lost for the season, the Dolphins were forced to scramble for a proven QB and went to veteran Jay Cutler. They still flopped to a 6 – 10 finish that year.

With Tannehill back healthy this past season, the Dolphins got off to a good start at 3-0. But, Tannehill  got injured again, taking a hit on his throwing shoulder in an October loss to Cincinnati. He missed an additional five games, and the Fins only won one of them.

Tannehill eventually returned and the Dolphins got to 7 – 6 and in playoff contention before losing out in the final three games to ruin any shot of the post season.

Gase takes over for Todd Bowles, who was fired after four seasons, the last three of which, were losing campaigns. Bowles re-joined Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay Wednesday, as defensive coordinaor.

The Jets were 5 and 11 in 2018 after taking quarterback Sam Darnold with the fourth overall pick. Obviously, Gase’s track record of having previously worked with Cutler in Chicago and Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos was a huge selling point for owner Woody Johnson and the Jets organization.

Gase’s hire also once again, spices up the longtime AFC East rivalry with Miami. Miami had won all four meetings with New York under Gase the last two years.

Gase is expected to bring his offensive coordinator from Miami Dowell Loggains with him. There are also reports that he may want to hire his former defensive coordinator in Miami, Vance Joseph, who was just fired as Denver’s head coach.

One criticism that Gase will have to overcome is his relationships with his players, especially outspoken ones.

The Dolphins traded away star running back Jay Ajayi  to the Eagles in October of 2017, in part because he could not get along with and do what Gase wanted him to do. The Dolphins also parted with receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh this past offseason, as high price veterans for pretty much the same reason.

One more factor will be the impatient and combative New York media, which will not tolerate much losing or antics from any coach, much less a new one like Gase.

Gase had also interviewed with the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, as well as in New York.

His hiring beats the Dolphins to the punch, as they are one of two teams (along with the Bengals) without a head coach as of Wednesday night.

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Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis this week and on Monday morning, one of the prized quarterbacks that will be available early in the first round of the draft was there for official measurements and to meet with teams.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a fractured hip last November, is on the road to recovery and he was officially measured and also, met with numerous teams that are looking at the possibility of drafting him:

In addition to not only the injured hip, but also a history of high ankle sprain problems, Tagovailoa has got to answer critics on his size. At just 6 – 0 feet there will be concerns about his ability to clearly see downfield through the massive bodies on NFL Sundays.

However, this can be combated by moving him around out of the pocket and that’s something that Alabama was successful at doing over his three years as well.

As we wrote recently, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering a fractured hip on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and then, their Citrus Bowl win January 1st, over Michigan

He came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.

In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.

As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.

Tagovailoa is obviously on the Dolphins list to look at strongly to select in the top five in the draft and currently, Miami is slated to pick fifth.

It is expected that Tagovailoa will work out for teams probably later in March or maybe even, early April at the Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa, prior to the NFL draft coming to Las Vegas.

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Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday

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Former UCLA coach and recently promoted Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell is headed back to college, as the new head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

The school confirmed Dorrell’s hire on Sunday evening with a five-year contract to take over their Big 12 program:

The Buffaloes have been seeking a head coach since there coach Mel Tucker abruptly left to take the Michigan State job earlier this month.

Dorrell came to the dolphins with Brian Flores this past season, as wide receiver coach and earlier last week was promoted to assistant head coach for the upcoming season. Miami’s top receiver, DeVante Parker, blossomed under Dorrell’s tutelage as the year went on. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns becoming the favorite target of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Dorrel is the latest Dolphins assistant on the move. Flores fired the offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea he brought with him from New England. And, his defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left to take the same job with the Giants.

Dorrell had also been the Dolphins receivers coach, previously from 2008 – 10 and then, their quarterbacks coach in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano.

Colorado’s athletic director Rick George said in a statement Sunday night,

“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.” 

The CU Board of Regents still have to approve Dorrell’s contract, which will be $18 million for five seasons.

Dorrell had previously been on Colorado staffs two other times in his career, including most recently as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995- 98.

Dorrell was named head coach of his alma mater UCLA in 2003, where he lasted five seasons and went to a bowl game every year finishing with a career 35 – 27 record before being fired after the 2007 season.

Dorrell had previously been receivers coach for the New York Jets 2015 – 18 under Todd Bowles (above) and two of his receivers had made the Pro Bowl during his time there.

Colorado picked Dorrell from an interview process that also included former Buffaloes player and Kansas City Super Bowl offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who interviewed and was under strong consideration.

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