MIAMI — Adam Gase’s introductory news conference as Miami Dolphins coach wrapped up an hour before the NFL playoffs began Saturday, and the goal going forward was clear.
The Dolphins want more postseason games in January, and fewer coaching searches.
Gase was hired Saturday as Miami’s ninth coach since 2004, and he’ll try to end the team’s seven-year playoff drought. And once he gets the Dolphins to the postseason, owner Stephen Ross expects them to win.
“You can make the playoffs; that to me is not winning,” Ross said. “I want to go a lot further than that, as do the fans.”
The Dolphins haven’t won a playoff game since 2000.
Gase was the offensive coordinator for the high-scoring Broncos in 2013-14 but also for the last-place Bears this season. He has no head coaching experience and at 37 he becomes the league’s youngest coach.
Gase worked at LSU for three seasons (2000-02) under Nick Saban, starting off as a defensive graduate assistant in 2000 before working in recruiting from 2001-02.
The Dolphins interviewed seven candidates, including former NFL head coaches Mike Shanahan, Mike Smith and Doug Marrone, and completed their search in six days.
KOETTER INTERVIEWS FOR JOB: Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter interviewed Saturday for the San Francisco 49ers coaching vacancy, a person with direct knowledge of the meeting said.
The interview happened in Tampa, Florida, the person said Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the process and scheduled interviews are not being made public by the franchise. Chip Kelly, fired by the Eagles, interviewed with San Francisco on Thursday.
San Francisco is expected to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Sunday, though his agent, John Thornton, hasn’t returned requests to confirm the meeting.
TEAM TAKES LOOK AT PATRIOTS COORDINATOR: The Browns may grab another branch from the Bill Belichick tree for their next coach.
Hours after Gase, the first candidate they interviewed, signed with Miami, the Browns’ search committee met with New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who has been on Belichick’s staff since 2004.
Under Belichick, Patricia has constructed one of the NFL’s best defenses over the past four seasons. The Browns have a track record with Belichick assistants, hiring Romeo Crennel in 2005 and Eric Mangini in 2009.
FAMILY SAYS STARR BROKE HIS HIP: The family of Bart Starr says the Hall of Fame quarterback is recovering after breaking his hip just before Christmas.
Starr’s family issued a statement through the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. The family says Starr, who turned 82 on Saturday, fell in the bathroom three days before Christmas and broke his hip.
The family says Starr will be in a wheelchair for six weeks but is “doing great now” and “is in good spirits.”
Starr suffered two strokes and a heart attack in 2014. But he made the trip to Green Bay for a Thanksgiving ceremony honoring another Packers great, Brett Favre.