After watching Tannehill shift from one tutor to the next in South Beach -- from Mike Sherman to Bill Lazor to Zac Taylor -- the talented but inconsistent signal-caller now has a teacher revered around the league as one of the NFL's premier quarterback whisperers.
After watching the offense implode in 2015, the Dolphins went out of their way to gather Gase and Tannehill during the coach's first interview in Miami, with NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reporting that the two "hit it off," only strengthening what team brass already felt about Gase.
"I think it's going to start with me," Gase said of helping Tannehill during Saturday's introductory press conference. "I think he needs a guy that's going to have his back. That he feels comfortable with right out of the gate. And I'm going to be working directly with him and I'm going to hire guys on the offensive staff to also help him develop. I feel like when we do put a staff together, we're all going to help him get better."
Gase's time with Manning was laced with anecdotes of the two late-night texting and dual-obsessing over the smallest details. The creative play-caller showed equal command and versatility in milking a career-high passer rating out of Cutler, a quarterback most had written off before last season.
Of course, Tannehill was asked to operate under comprehensive chaos, with firings left and right, and a midseason scheme change during a campaign that should have seen him settling into familiar territory.
The transitions, changes and in-fighting are over now. The Dolphins have their man, one they believe will turn their young arm into a franchise gem. We'll find out soon enough if Gase is up to the task.