Dec 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s put this to bed right now.
The fact that Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio are interviewing for jobs has no impact whatsoever on the Denver Broncos and their playoff run. None. Zero. Zilch.
First off, how selfish are we to keep people from advancing in their career and life so, “it doesn’t provide a distraction to my favorite team?” These guys have every right to do whatever it takes to become a head coach in the NFL; especially if those teams are interested.
As noted above, it has no impact on the Broncos and their playoff run.
The players and coaches have been off since Thursday (Jan. 1). If Del Rio and Gase weren’t interviewing to become possible head coaches, whose to say they wouldn’t be in St. Thomas sitting on a beach?
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The Broncos know when and where they play, they have no idea who they will play. Should Gase, Del Rio and John Fox game plan for three different teams?
Coaches aren’t allowed a break, too?
The point of the bye week is to give your mind and body a break, and to step away from football. That’s true for players and coaches.
Broncos players weren’t in pads for the two practices they had this week. It was more a way to get on the field, do a little football work and stay as sharp as possible. Heck, Peyton Manning didn’t even partake. That must be a problem too.
This can’t be stated enough: Denver has been off since Thursday. That’s the point of the bye week – to get away from football. That means assistant coaches can interview with teams that have openings for head coaches. Not only that, those teams have to come to them. All of the interviews that Gase and Del Rio have done and will do are conducted in Denver.
Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 47-14. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
There’s no distraction. If anything, it keeps these guys from having a few days off.
There are those who also mention that Gase didn’t interview last year and he should do the same this year. Perhaps he wasn’t ready last year. He didn’t want to get into something he knew he wasn’t capable of doing and being successful at. Gase should be commended for that.
After another year, he’s ready now. He’s had another season as offensive coordinator to see how it works, what works and what you have to do. He’s considered one of the hot coaching candidates in the NFL. That’s a great thing for the Broncos because it means they’re successful.
Gase and Del Rio will conduct their interviews, both will say their first commitment is to Denver and nothing will happen until the season is over. If a team is that interested, they will wait.
In terms of job interviews, it’s much better that both have them for NFL jobs as opposed to college. That would serve as a distraction since they would balance game planning with recruiting. But that’s not the case.
Take pride in the fact that the Broncos got the first-round bye for a third-straight year. Be happy that the assistant coaches for your favorite team have the rare chance to become a NFL head coach and that teams want what they’ve brought to Denver.
Broncos Country is a lot of things, selfish isn’t one of them.
Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos fans in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 47-14. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports