Peyton Manning doesn’t just make his teammates better. He makes his coaches better, too.
“He challenges you, because every day you’re going to have a question that could possibly come up and you have to have an answer for,” offensive coordinator Adam Gase said following Friday’s practice.
Together, Gase and Manning have led the Broncos to the highest scoring offense in NFL history.
Gase and Manning might be the perfect pair.
“I think he’s a guy that I saw the way he worked with the team and his position group even before he became the coordinator,” John Fox said of Gase. “He’s a very quick thinker—a smart, intelligent guy, very tireless worker, an outstanding young coach.”
Sounds similar to Manning’s abilities, right?
Gase’s phone has been buzzing with requests for him to interview for head coaching positions.
“I told both teams that were interested in me that I appreciated it and I was going to wait until after our season had concluded,” Gase said. “They were great about it. They said they appreciated me being upfront and honest about it, and I thought that was the best decision for what we are trying to accomplish with our team.”
Gase and Manning spend every day together and are focused exclusively on the task at hand — winning the Super Bowl.
“You kind start thinking alike,” Gase said of spending so much time with Manning. “It’s been a good relationship the last two years and we’ll keep building on that to the playoffs and see where it takes us.”
Gase is the NFL’s fourth youngest offensive coordinator. Manning has two years on his coach. Numbers may mean a lot on the field, but off the field, chemistry doesn’t know age.