Apparently if you can help Jay Cutler become a viable quarterback in the NFL you’re more than capable of running a franchise, and over the weekend that’s exactly what happened as former Bears OC Adam Gase was named the head coach of the Miami Dolphins signing a five-year deal with the club. Gase, 37 becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL and will be replacing both Joe Philbin and Dan Campbell next year. Adam Gase was widely considered one of the top coaching candidates before joining John Fox in Chicago this past season as he had head coaching interviews at the end of last year when the Broncos were bounced by the Colts in the Divisional Round of 2015. When Gase came to Chicago he inherited Jay Cutler who was highly prone to interceptions and overall bad quarterback play. This past season Cutler had a reformation posting one of the best seasons of his career due in large part to his work with Gase.
This past season Cutler threw for 3,659 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 games played. The 11 interceptions were the lowest total of his career in as many games. Cutler also had the highest quarterback rating of his career at 92.3. Cutler up until this season had never had a quarterback rating of over 90.
In Miami Gase will be working with highly skilled four-year pro QB Ryan Tannehill out of Texas A&M who like Cutler is making a boatload of cash to be on a bad team. Tannehill isn’t making as much as Cutler, but after this year he’ll be making upwards of $18 million with a $20 million cap hit which means Adam Gase’s main objective is to maximize the potential of Tannehill and do for him what he did for Manning, and Cutler alike.
The questions as to who’ll replace Adam Gase and hope to continue with the unenviable task of improving Jay Cutler next year will be Dowell Loggains who was the quarterbacks coach last year under Gase. Loggains has already been a offensive coordinator with the Titans back in 2012-2013 where he worked with quarterbacks such as Matt Hassleback and Jake Locker among others. Loggains was with the organization for 8 seasons before becoming the QB coach in Cleveland two seasons ago. In that year Cleveland passed for over 3,500 yards. Loggains has a lot of NFL coaching experience as he first started out with the Cowboys ten years ago as a scouting assistant.
John Fox decided he wanted to stay in house for the hire as to keep continuity in the front office while also having someone who was already familiar with Cutler calling the plays.