'Peyton used to tell me...' — Top 5 quotes from Adam Gase's press conference

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday January 09, 2016


At 37 years old, Adam Gase is the youngest head coach in the NFL, but it’s about context.

Gase has been coaching since the late 1990s as a student assistant under Nick Saban at Michigan State. At his introductory press conference in Miami on Saturday, Gase talked a lot about his path to the Dolphins. Gase will have control of the 53-man roster and will call offensive plays. That's a lot of responsibility. 

Here were the top 5 quotes from the presser:

On his age:

“I’ve been in this profession since I was 18 years old, so that’s more than half my life. The last three years, being a coordinator for the Broncos and Bears, it’s an accelerated growth. This business, age is only a number, but you get older really quick. Every week is a growing experience. The last three years have prepared me for this moment.”

On how working with Peyton Manning prepared him:

“When you do run an offense, Peyton Manning used to say to this me all the time, ‘You’re the head coach of the offense.’ That was when I realized there’s going to be that next step. Treating the way we handled the offense as if you were the head coach, I feel like that development over the last three years put me in a good position. I feel like I’ve been prepared and trained by the best coaches, John Fox, Nick Saban, Mike Martz, some of the best. I’ve been put in position to show that training in front of the 53 guys we’re going to have on this roster.”

On a coach’s relationship with NFL players:

“Jon Kitna told me in 2007, ‘Players don’t care what you’ve done in the past. They want to know how you can help them on the field, how you can make them a better player, and how you can get them paid.’ If you can do those types of things, guys will respect that.”

On working for Nick Saban:

“I was lucky enough to start under Nick Saban as a student assistant/graduate assistant. Being raised under him, it’s a unique situation to be in. Going with him from Michigan State to LSU, I’m pretty sure I was the only one. It was a task that wasn’t easy, but it was worth it at the end of the day.”

On working for John Fox:

“The last five years with John Fox, his record speaks for itself. To work for a guy who’s had over 100 wins in his career, played in multiple Super Bowls, who’s made a living on walking into organizations and turning around the attitude., to be under him, that’s a career-changing move, as far as learning how to do it the right way.”

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.