MIAMI – Adam Gase’s introductory news conference as Miami Dolphins coach wrapped up an hour before the NFL playoffs began Saturday, and the goal going forward was clear.
The Dolphins want more postseason games in January, and fewer coaching searches.
Gase was hired Saturday as Miami’s ninth coach since 2004, and he’ll try to end the team’s seven-year playoff drought. And once he gets the Dolphins to the postseason, owner Stephen Ross expects them to win.
“You can make the playoffs; that to me is not winning,” Ross said. “I want to go a lot further than that, as do the fans.”
The Dolphins haven’t won a playoff game since 2000, and those long-suffering fans must wonder if Gase can end the coaching merry go-round.
He was the offensive coordinator for the high-scoring Broncos in 2013-14, but also for the last-place Bears this season. He has no head coaching experience, and at 37 he becomes the league’s youngest coach.
“I’ve been in this profession since I was 18,” he said. “That’s more than half my life. The last three years it’s an accelerated growth. Age is only a number.”