An interesting aspect of the multi-team NFL head coaching searches is that former Dolphins boss Adam Gase obviously still has some real credibility and value in the eyes of decision-makers elsewhere..
No matter what your opinion is of what ultimately lead to the Dolphins unraveling over the last couple of seasons after Gase had gotten them into the playoffs in his first season of 2016, Gase’s ability to work with quarterbacks and knowledge of offense are obviously big in his favor.
Having already interviewed with the Cardinals and the Jets this week, Gase is now set to talk to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. While those first two interview stops have a quarterback who just finished his rookie season, obviously, Green Bay has a Hall of Famer-to-be that will have a lot of say-so in who the next head coach is in Titletown.
Yes, the Packers are unique in that they don’t have a true owner, and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to have heavy influence on who gets the job.
That brings us back to the previous success and dealings Gase had with other quarterbacks. Not just the up-and-down injury-plagued three seasons with Ryan Tannehill, but more importantly Gase’s previous stop in Chicago. There he worked under John Fox, as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach with veteran Jay Cutler. Obviously, they went head-to-head with Rodgers and the Packers within the NFC North.
And previous to that, Gase was with Fox in Denver when Peyton Manning arrived, and brought the Broncos to the Super Bowl in his second season there.
Now, anyone that knows anything about Peyton Manning’s existence in success, knows he’s the biggest reason for any success that a coaching staff has had around him… by a vast margin.
However, Gase having worked with him daily throughout a couple of seasons would only serve to help shape and build Gase’s ability to “X and O,” and get the most out of a quarterback.
Rogers is 35 and going into his 15th season. And, the Packers have a history of hiring offensive coordinators as head coaches. That’s what Mike McCarthy was previously with the 49ers and the Saints. And, their previous two head coaches before that were Mike Sherman, former offensive coordinator under Mike Holmgren. And Holmgren himself, who led the Packers to the Super Bowl in 1996 and 97, and his entire NFL background was an offensive coordinator under Bill Walsh in San Francisco.
Who knows how serious Green Bay really is about Adam Gase? And, ironically, the Dolphins coach whom Gase replaced three years ago, Joe Philbin, was given the interim chance to coach Green Bay at the end of this season. And perhaps, Rogers wants Philbin, who’s had two tours of duty on staff in Wisconsin, over everyone else?
Then again, Green Bay may be looking at another coordinator or former head coach like Jim Caldwell from the Colts and the Lions or Chuck Pagano recently, from the Colts, who have both already interviewed with the Pack.
Still, the fact that Gase has only been out of work since Monday morning, and will have already interviewed with three teams for head coach openings inside of seven Days says something.
And, he could have the last laugh on the Dolphins and their fans, if he ends up at the controls in Green Bay with Rodgers. That will make any head coach/playcaller look good.
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