And what was the final straw that sealed Gase’s fate?
For several weeks, people within the Dolphins organization had been telling Ross the current football philosophy was simply wrong.
The idea that the Dolphins were just a handful of players away from being a playoff team appealed to Ross early in his ownership tenure because he took full ownership the season after the team won the AFC East in 2008.
But Ross seemed to forget 2008 was a decade and five head coaches ago. And he was still setting a postseason appearance as the annual team goal while apparently never thinking about how to win a Super Bowl.
So, let’s be clear, Ross himself instituted the philosophy the team operated under since 2009 and empowered people such as Tannenbaum who agreed with the approach.
But after the franchise’s failure upon failure upon failure, and an obvious inability to leap off the mediocrity treadmill, the message to change course finally hit home. with the owner The people advising Ross to correct course prevailed.
The owner decided to set a new arc for the Dolphins’ upcoming fortunes.
That arc, however, did not match Adam Gase’s career arc.
Both he and Ross understood and agreed that if Gase remained, he’d continue to try to win. Now.
That’s how it is for a fourth-year coach. You must win or you’re fired because fans aren’t going to be patient.
Gase had already planned to fire defensive coordinator Matt Burke and had a plan for replacing him. He also had decided that he would move on from quarterback Ryan Tannehill and sign a bridge quarterback and probably draft a rookie for the future -- assuming he could identify the right draft pick.