The Adam Gase era of Miami Dolphins football is over.
Gase told The Miami Herald on Monday morning that he has been fired. He said he was permitted to meet with the players for a final time to inform them.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins promoted general manager Chris Grier to vice president of football operations, while the person formerly in that job — Mike Tannenbaum — was demoted to another unspecified position.
“I am excited about having Chris lead our football operations going forward,” Ross said in a statement. “I want to build a championship organization and I’ve fallen short of that so far. I know I need to take a different approach and I’ve learned that we need a more streamlined structure for accountability and a longer term view on our decision-making. Chris is highly respected throughout football and is an unselfish, team-first leader who knows the game. We need to add to our core of young players and build something special over the long-term and I believe in Chris.”
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Unlike the Dolphins’ previous hierarchy, the new head coach will report to Grier, not to Ross.
Gase went 23-25 in his three seasons with the Dolphins, but was just 13-19 after a 10-6 opening season that resulted in a playoff berth.
The news comes one day after the Dolphins’ 42-17 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills to end the year 7-9 — the ninth time in 10 years they finished no better than 8-8.
‘I want to thank Adam for his hard work and dedication to the Miami Dolphins,” Ross said. “These decisions were not easy as he gave everything he had to the organization. I wish him and his family the best going forward.”
Gase, in fact, told associates that he’s fine with the outcome, knowing he will be wanted by other teams.
Owner Stephen Ross has strong interest in Ravens coach John Harbaugh, according to a source. But Harbaugh, whose team will meet the Chargers in a playoff game on Sunday, is under contract for one more season.
Harbaugh’s representation and the Ravens are expected to discuss a contract extension in the next few days. If Harbaugh balks at a new deal, Baltimore reportedly might consider trading him.
But the Ravens could ask for stiff compensation, perhaps a first-round pick or multiple picks. It’s unclear what Ross would be willing to trade for Harbaugh, if that opportunity arises.
Harbaugh is aware of Ross’ high regard for him.
Ross has said he will not hire Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, another one of his personal favorites.
Among other potential candidates: former Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell, former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, former Lions coach Jim Caldwell and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
This story will be updated.