Can Jay Cutler repeat last year’s promising results without Gase? It’s fair to flip that question around for the Dolphins’ new head coach, who was the first candidate off the board during this year’s hiring spree after turning around the Bears’ veteran franchise quarterback in just one season as offensive coordinator. Helping the younger, less proven Ryan Tannehill take the next step is a more daunting short-term project. Some coaches just aren’t built for the top job, no matter how much success they have had as coordinators, and although nearly everything about the early days of Gase’s Miami tenure indicates he knows what he’s doing, the chaos of the regular season can take the shine off of a new hire quickly. Speaking of which, the Dolphins open with road games in the first four weeks against Seattle, New England and Cincinnati. — Eric Single

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