Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase was hired Saturday as the Miami Dolphins' ninth coach since 2004, and he'll try to end the team's seven-year playoff drought.
Gase was the NFL's hottest coaching candidate among assistants, and at 37 he becomes the league's youngest coach. He also interviewed with the Eagles, Browns and Giants.
He was offensive coordinator for two years in Denver before joining the Bears.
"I've been in this profession since I was 18," Gase said at an introductory news conference. "That's more than half my life. The last three years it's an accelerated growth. Age is only a number. You get older really quick. Every week is a growing experience."
The Dolphins chose Gase after interviewing six other candidates.
"I want to win Super Bowls, not just make the playoffs," owner Stephen Ross said. "Adam Gase puts us in the best position to win Super Bowls."
Gase has no head coaching experience but has been a target of NFL coaching searches for at least three years. A year ago he followed coach John Fox from Denver to Chicago after interviewing for head jobs with the Bears, Bills and Falcons.
Gase is a protégé of former Dolphins coach Nick Saban and has won favorable reviews for his work with a range of quarterback talent — from Peyton Manning to Jay Cutler to Tim Tebow.
In Miami, Gase will try to help Ryan Tannehill, who is 29-35 in four years as a starter and regressed in 2015, when the Dolphins finished 6-10.
In other coaching developments:
•The Eagles requested permission from the Giants to interview former Giants coach Tom Coughlin for their head coaching opening, and the Giants confirmed that permission was granted, according to Newsday. Coughlin is expected to meet with the Eagles on Monday … The Giants interviewed Doug Marrone, a former Bills head coach and now a Jaguars offensive assistant, for New York's head-coaching vacancy.
•The Browns interviewed New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who has been on Bill Belichick's staff since 2004, for their head coaching job. Patricia is the fifth candidate to meet with the Browns.
•A person with direct knowledge of the meeting said Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter interviewed Saturday in Tampa, Fla., for the 49ers coaching vacancy. San Francisco is expected to interview former Raiders coach Hue Jackson on Sunday.
•Cornerback Sam Shields will miss the Green Bay Packers' playoff game against Washington on Sunday because of a concussion.The Packers updated their injury report following practice on Saturday morning. Shields also missed the final three games of the regular season after getting hurt in a 28-7 victory over Dallas on Dec. 13.
•Houston outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney missed Saturday's playoff loss to Kansas City because of a foot injury. Clowney was injured in the fourth quarter of Houston's 34-6 victory over Tennessee on Dec. 27. He has been plagued with injuries since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2014 but played 13 games this season and had four sacks.