Prospective Browns’ head coach Adam Gase hired as Dolphins coach

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MIAMI, FL— Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase has been hired as the Miami Dolphins’ ninth coach since 2004, and he’ll try to end the team’s seven-year playoff drought. This puts him out of the running for the Browns’ head coaching job, which he interviewed for earlier in the week.

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

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.