As we recapped some of the finest moments of the Miami Dolphins 2016 season, I realized that the improbable run to the 2016 playoffs doesn’t happen without the hiring of head coach Adam Gase. There is no question that the top offseason acquisition that lead to a wild card berth was coach Gase.
Gase took over an organization in serious trouble after the 2015 season. In a year in which Joe Philbin was fired after his lackluster three seasons, and Dan Campbell was not retained, Stephen Ross was searching for serious answers.
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Luckily for the Dolphins, he found those answers in the windy city with then Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase became the 12th head coach in Miami Dolphins team history on January 9th, 2016. Since that January day, the future of the Dolphins has done an entire 180 degree turn.
Obviously, the Adam Gase era got off to a rough 1-4 start with the only win coming against a lowly Cleveland Browns team, but the Fins didn’t pack it in for the season.
After two consecutive embarrassing losses to Cincinnati and Tennessee, the Dolphins got healthy and put a beating on the Pittsburgh Steelers. From that week on, with the exception a hiccup in Baltimore, the Dolphins were near unstoppable. It wasn’t always pretty, but they found ways to win and that’s what good teams do.
Through countless injuries that consisted of two pro bowlers going down in Reshad Jones and Mike Pouncey, plus losing a starting quarterback for the year due to a knee injury, Gase kept his team believing in his “strain” and “next man up” mentality.
Looking into this offseason, the Miami Dolphins have already made moves to strengthen their defense. The Dolphins extended Reshad Jones and re-signed Andre Branch, while also signing former Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
Timmons has played in 120 consecutive games now and will look to continue this streak while wearing the Aqua and White. The only two games he has missed in his career were in 2009. Timmons is the ironman playmaker that the Dolphins need on defense after a season of countless injuries that hampered their ability to compete at the highest level in the playoffs.
Since the arrival of Adam Gase, the Dolphins front office has made very good offseason moves to strengthen both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Some players may seem overpaid like Kenny Stills, but the front office seems to believe in a future that consists of someone like Stills playing at a high level for the next few years.
There is obviously big money in football. Over the past few years Stephen Ross hasn’t seemed to mind writing large checks, and as long as Gase and the Dolphins continue to have success, I don’t think Ross minds opening up the checkbook.