A conversation with the coach for the playoff-bound Miami Dolphins on Nick Saban's impact on his career and his days coaching Peyton Manning in Denver. Plus, Stanford coach David Shaw talks Christian McCaffrey and the difference between NFL and college coaching
In this week's episode, I sat down for conversations with Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and Stanford football head coach David Shaw. Gase talked about Nick Saban's impact on his coaching career and life, and the experience of coaching disparate quarterbacks like Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. He also explains why he has kept scores of voice texts from Manning on his phone from his Denver coaching days. Shaw talks about the huge difference between college coaching and pro coaching, and what it's like to coach Christian McCaffrey. He also discusses historically bad offensive line play and his role in helping Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin into adulthood.
Gase, a rookie head coach, explains the biggest difference between being a coordinator and being a head coach (2:50) and describes the feeling of getting back the plane after his a tough loss in his first game as a head coach (5:50). What Gase learned from that first loss to Seattle (7:20) and preparing to face the Patriots with Garopollo at the helm. Peter asks the 38-year-old Gase how often the subject of his young age came up while interviewing for the Dolphins job (9:40). Early in his career, Gase was an assistant under Nick Saban and much of Saban's coaching style is imprinted on him today (10:50). Gase addresses a queston on everyone's mind. Does Saban ever smile or enjoy himself? (13:15). Mike Martz was the biggest influence on Gase's offensive path as a coach (14:00) but Peyton Manning took his coaching career to a whole new level. Gase had never been around somebody who was so into the details of everything that was going on around the entire building the way that Peyton was (15:20) "He always wanted answers. If he had a question and you didn't have the answer for him, that was an issue." Peyton challenged Gase as a playcaller. He always said, "You have to see the game the way I do" (17:25). Gase is now taking what he's picked up from others in career to apply to coaching Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Gase explains why he still has every voice text from Peyton (21:00) and how communicating with him in a game week was nonstop. Gase didn't have the "Oh my gosh, I'm coaching Peyton" moment until after he left for Chicago (22:22). Gase describes the pressure of living up to the history of the Miami Dolphins (23:40).
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