It’s pretty easy for people to say that Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is only getting an interview as a head coaching candidate because of Peyton Manning, but for two straight years now, he’s drawn the interest of multiple NFL teams. In addition now to reported interest from the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, and Atlanta Falcons, Gase will also have the opportunity to talk to the Buffalo Bills on the Broncos’ bye week if he so chooses.
Last year, Gase passed up on head coaching opportunities around the league, most notably a job from the Cleveland Browns, in order to stay in Denver with the Broncos. With so many opportunities popping up this offseason, it seems unlikely that Gase will remain in Denver again, but I suppose you never know.
What’s interesting about Gase is, he’s not just the guy who gets ordered around by Peyton Manning. When he joined the staff, he helped guide Brandon Marshall to the best season of his Broncos career in 2009 with Kyle Orton as the quarterback when he was the Broncos’ wide receivers coach. In that same role in 2010, he helped coach up Brandon Lloyd as a Pro Bowl receiver.
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In 2011, Gase was the quarterbacks coach for Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. Tebow started every game after week six, and the Broncos won the AFC West and a playoff game against the Steelers. That wasn’t all Gase’s doing, but you get the idea. In 2012, he was the quarterbacks coach for Peyton Manning and rookie Brock Osweiler, and in 2013 he was promoted to offensive coordinator. After the 2013 season, he was offered the opportunity to be the Browns’ head coach, but declined the interview as the Broncos prepped for a Super Bowl run.
This time around probably feels more right for Gase, and additionally, there are a lot of better jobs available (no offense) than what the Browns had to offer at this time last season. We’ll see what happens this time around, but hopefully whatever team chooses Gase as ‘their guy’ is ready to wait until after the Super Bowl to get started with offseason plans.