Here are five things to know about Gase:
1. Gase is a QB guru: One of the biggest components that led to Gase's hire is his ability to develop and improve quarterbacks. The Dolphins were impressed with the work Gase did with Jay Cutler to resurrect Cutler's career in one season together in Chicago. Cutler improved his passer rating (92.3), yards per attempt (7.58) and threw seven fewer interceptions (11) compared with last season. Gase also did good work with an aging Peyton Manning and the limited throwing ability of Tim Tebow during playoff runs in Denver. The Dolphins expect the same from Gase when he gets his hands on inconsistent quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The team committed $96 million to Tannehill last year and he regressed last season. Tannehill is just 29-35 as a starter in four seasons and has yet to post a winning record.
2. Gase is the NFL’s youngest head coach: Gase began working in football as an 18-year old college student at Michigan State. He helped cut up film for former Spartans head coach Nick Saban and has been on the fast track ever since. The 37-year-old just became the NFL’s youngest head coach. He joined the Lions in 2003 as a scouting assistant and later became an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach. He also has worked for the 49ers.
3. Gase favored by ownership, Tannenbaum: Miami’s coaching search took less than a week, in part, because Gase was coveted by the team’s executives from day one. Dolphins billionaire owner Stephen Ross has been very good at identifying the best and brightest to run his business ventures, but he hasn’t had similar success with the Dolphins. Ross was very impressed by Gase and had final say on this hire. Vice president Mike Tannenbaum’s track record also suggested Miami would not be afraid to hire a first-time head coach. He hired two young head coaches without prior experience during his tenure with the Jets -- Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan. Gase's hire fits that mold.
4. He married into a football family: Football is certainly a big topic for Gase during holiday dinners and family gatherings. The coach married into another football family. Gase’s wife, Jennifer, is the daughter of longtime Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt.
5. Who is on his staff? This is the next logical question facing Gase. He spent just one year in Chicago and might attempt to bring some coaches with him to Miami. This is very important for a young head coach who is about to take on much more responsibility. The Dolphins have issues on both sides of the ball. Gase is considered a strong offensive mind, but he is going to need a top defensive coordinator. Former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz would make sense. He coached Dolphins star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for four seasons while with the Lions.