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Will inexperience haunt the Dolphins once again with Adam Gase?

New Miami coach Adam Gase is considered one of the game's bright young minds, and his next challenge is to prove he can go from a playcaller to running an entire team. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

New Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase could be the next John Harbaugh or Mike Tomlin, who were young, first-time head coaches who led their teams to Super Bowls. Gase comes with a lot of buzz and is considered a fast-rising coach in NFL circles.

But Gase also could be the next Joe Philbin, Jim Tomsula or Mike Pettine, who were recent first-time head coaches who quickly flamed out on the job.

On Saturday, Gase became the fourth consecutive head coach the Dolphins have hired without previous experience at the position. At 37, Gase also is the NFL's youngest head coach.

How did previous first-timers work out in Miami? Not well.

Philbin was fired in 2015 after three-plus seasons with the Dolphins. He failed to post a winning record during his tenure and struggled with leadership. Tony Sparano started fast by making the playoffs his rookie season in 2008, but went 18-27 the rest of the way before being fired in 2011. Cam Cameron lasted only one season after going 1-15, the worst finish in franchise history.

This doesn’t guarantee Gase will follow in those footsteps; it's up to Gase to create his own path. But it is a warning of how vital it is for Gase to avoid the steep learning curve and pitfalls that got the best of his predecessors in Miami.

The increase in responsibility, such as being in charge of 53 players and dealing with the media on a day-to-day basis, is not for everyone. Gase also called plays as offensive coordinator with the Bears and Broncos. That is another big responsibility he might choose to continue with the Dolphins.

Gase has been involved in football since he was an 18-year-old college freshman at Michigan State in charge of cutting up film for former Spartans coach Nick Saban. He has been a fast-rising coach ever since, and the Dolphins believe Gase is bright enough and talented enough to overcome the obstacles Philbin, Sparano and Cameron could not in Miami.

The Dolphins (6-10) have one of the NFL's youngest rosters and now add a rookie head coach to the mix. It is logical to wonder if youth and lack of experience are early concerns for Gase.