MOBILE, Ala.—The Dolphins’ rise to 10-6 and a playoff berth in coach Adam Gase’s first year was one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this year, but it wasn’t shocking to everyone.
Bears coach John Fox, Gase’s boss for five years in Denver and Chicago, said he watched plenty of Miami footage while scouting his opponents this year and saw Gase’s fingerprints all over the Dolphins’ success.
“It was tremendous,” Fox said Tuesday after Senior Bowl practices, where he is coaching the North team. “Adam’s a fine football coach. When we first joined up back with the Broncos, he’d been the receivers coach and I hired him as a quarterback coach. He worked that first year with Tim Tebow, then we acquired Peyton Manning. When Mike McCoy left, we elevated Adam.
“I thought Adam did a tremendous job there and a tremendous job for me with Jay Cutler, and he’s carried that over to Miami and done a terrific job.”
The Dolphins were 6-10 the year before Gase came aboard and hadn’t made the playoffs in eight seasons. They started this year 1-4 before rallying to win 9 of 10 and clinch a postseason spot.
Gase has been one of the top candidates for Coach of the Year, but seems unlikely to win it over Dallas’ Jason Garrett. That honor will be given out the day before the Super Bowl.
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