MIAMI — Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase was hired Saturday as the Miami Dolphins' ninth head coach since 2004, and the former Broncos assistant will try to end Miami's

seven-year playoff drought.

Gase was the NFL's hottest coaching candidate among assistants, and at 37 he becomes the league's youngest head coach. He also interviewed with the Eagles, Browns and Giants and had been considered the front-runner for the Miami job. The Dolphins chose him from six other candidates.

"We did exhaustive research on all the candidates ahead of time, and conducted thorough and detailed interviews with each person," said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. "In the end I was convinced, and the search committee was unanimous — Adam was the right leader for our football team.


Adam Gase, Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins new head coach Adam Gase speaks during an NFL football introductory news conference, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Davie, Fla. Gase was formerly the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator. (Al Diaz, The Miami Herald)