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New Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has final say over 53-man roster

DAVIE, Fla. -- New Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, 37, became the NFL's youngest head coach on Saturday. But it also turns out Gase will be one of the league's most powerful coaches.

Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum and owner Stephen Ross confirmed Saturday that Gase also will have final say over the team's 53-man roster. The rookie head coach has minimal personnel experience at the NFL level as a scouting assistant with the Detroit Lions, but the team is confident Gase can handle the extra duties.

"He’s making the commitment on determining what the 53 [man-roster] is and who the players are -- he’s making that decision," Ross explained. "So it’s not like, 'this is the general manager's player or that [coach's] player.' You’ve heard that in the past with the organization. That’s not going to exist."

The Dolphins recently fired former general manager Dennis Hickey, who previously reported directly to Ross, according to his contract. They promoted general manager Chris Grier this week, and Grier will run the scouting department and draft without final say on personnel.

"Moving forward, in terms of player procurement, it’s still going to be led by Chris Grier in terms of trying to get players that add to our roster," Tannenbaum said. "But as it relates to our final 53, while we will work collaboratively, ultimately those decisions with rest with Adam.

"This way, our players know they are ultimately held accountable to him."

This is an interesting change for the organization, which has had internal disagreements in the past between the head coach and general manager. Former general manager Jeff Ireland, for example, had public fallouts with both former head coaches Joe Philbin and Tony Sparano. All three are now gone from the organization.

Ross believes giving Gase final say with personnel will help end the dysfunction and finger-pointing that has happened in recent years.

"The players are accountable to him, and he’s accountable for making it all happen," Ross said of Gase. "When you have dysfunction, and you have the general manager arguing with the coach, and then you have the players know [and wondering] who am I reporting to?"