There certainly has been a lot written this offseason about the changes Gase was going to bring to the team. That's nice. By the time Philbin left, we all were begging for change. But do we have it? To my eyes, this team seems to be just as dumb - in some ways different and some ways the same.
The Different Stupidity: I think its certain, having been presented with the opportunity to kick a FG to tie, Philbin would have kicked that field goal. It doesn't matter that Philbin's reason was that he was idiotically conservative regardless of the situation. This isn't to say that Philbin generally made good decisions - most of the time he had this team playing as dumb as Cam Cameron. But, given the close score and the lack of execution on offense, Philbin's conservative decision making may have won a game that Gase lost.
The Same Stupidity: This offense, with this core of players (Tannehill, the WRs, part of the Line, etc.) has never really executed well. The offensive system may be different, but the ability to score points is about the same. Nothing ever clicks. When the QB is on, the WRs drop the ball. When the WRs get open, the O-line is a sieve. And when it comes time to march the team down field for a last minute victory, the QB disappears when it matters most. Sure, the offense may have individual talent, but it has yet to play as a team. It was the case for Philbin as it is for Gase.
Maybe with that fourth and inches call, Gase was trying to show that he was "different" than Philbin. But it all looked the same to me: The offense still plays like they'd rather be somewhere else - cashing an easy paycheck, and the coaching still makes dumb game day decisions. More of the same in Miami. At least we can watch New England play Super Bowls under our new veranda.