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Browns candidate Gase hired as Dolphins coach

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Posted at 10:12 AM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 12:18:22-05

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase – who was recently interviewed by the Cleveland Browns - has been hired as the Miami Dolphins' ninth coach since 2004, and he'll try to end the team's seven-year playoff drought.

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Gase was the first to be interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coach position after former coach Mike Pettine and General Manager Ray Farmer were recently fired. 

Gase was the NFL's hottest head coaching candidate among assistants, and the Dolphins announced his hiring Saturday. Along with interviewing for the Browns, he also interviewed with the Eagles and Giants, and had been considered the front-runner for the Dolphins job.

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At 37, Gase becomes the league's young coach. He has no head coaching experience but has been a target of NFL head coaching searches for at least three years.

A year ago Gase followed coach John Fox from Denver to Chicago after interviewing for head jobs with the Bears, 49ers, Bills and Falcons.