Black Monday is in full swing, providing a nice distraction from the teams that actually did make the playoffs.
We knew the Broncos’ top assistants would be the subject of rumors and potential interviews, but I’m probably not alone in saying I’m surprised Adam Gase has already popped up with official interview requests.
Certainly, Gase has done a great job this season in what most probably view as the easiest job in the NFL, but we needn’t forget about last year’s frustrating Broncos offense that didn’t live up to its full potential under Mike McCoy, now blossoming under Gase’s instruction and game planning.
Gase apparently received an interview request for the Browns’ recently vacated head coaching job, and their request was denied by Gase himself.
“I’m appreciative of the interest I’ve received, but I’ve decided not to explore any potential opportunities until after our season concludes,” Gase said. “My complete focus is helping our team prepare for our divisional playoff game.”
Now, there will certainly yet be job openings after the playoffs one would assume, but the best jobs will likely fill up quickly. Essentially, Gase is taking a pass on the opportunities he’d receive this year for another year of Manning ball.
I can’t say I blame him.
The Browns are a not a bad team in my opinion, needing merely a coach/quarterback like the Chiefs did in order to compete, but I don’t think Gase is a good fit for that kind of situation this young in his career. I think that job is best suited for a tough, proven coach.
If nothing else, the Browns have proven impatient and Gase would need some more grace than they’ve given others being a first time head coach at any level.
I love this move by Gase, who is choosing to focus on the right things. Let’s hope Jack Del Rio does the same.