Considering he hasn’t been fired and doesn’t have a winless season on his record, Dolphins coach Adam Gase is doing fine among his peers from the 2016 hiring class. Still having a job is pretty much the threshold for being considered a success among that group.
While there was certainly disappointment, among the fanbase and throughout the organization, over Miami going 6-10 last season, Gase is still .500 in regular-season games thanks to a 10-6 debut. The last Dolphins coach to finish .500 or better in his tenure was Dave Wannstedt from 2000 through ’04.
Following Wannstedt, Nick Saban went 15-17, Cam Cameron got fired after a 1-15 rookie year and has never gotten another head-coaching opportunity, Tony Sparano was 18-15 including a playoff loss in his first two seasons and Joe Philbin went 15-17 in his first two.
Seven teams hired coaches in the 2016 offseason, and San Francisco was the first to move on when it fired Chip Kelly for going 2-14. New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo got canned during this season when his team was 2-10, and a messy situation in Tennessee led to the dismissal of Mike Mularkey after going 9-7 in consecutive seasons and winning a playoff game this year.
Kelly is now the head coach at UCLA, and McAdoo is interviewing for coordinator jobs.
Among the seven coaches in the 2016 class, Gase’s .485 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks behind Eagles coach Doug Pederson at .636 and Mularkey at .559. Pederson’s team is playing in the NFC championship game Sunday.
As for the rest of the class, Tampa Bay’s Dirk Koetter has gone 14-18 and Hue Jackson continues to look like he made a big mistake taking the Cleveland job after one win in two seasons. The Browns are bringing him back despite their 1-31 record under him.
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