Broncos Give Adam Gase First Head Coach Interview


The Denver Broncos are underway with the search for a new head coach, and it began on Thursday, just one day after offensive coordinator Adam Gase learned that he would not be the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who met with him in Denver this week.

Gase has interviewed with a variety of teams for their head coaching vacancies, and the Broncos have now been approached by some teams including the St. Louis Rams who are interested in Gase as their offensive coordinator.

Obviously, this is a coach in demand so the Broncos decided to give him a fair shot at their head coach opening by making him the first one to be interviewed for the job. The 36-year old Gase was brought in by the Josh McDaniels regime as a wide receivers coach, and he ascended to the quarterbacks coach position when Peyton Manning was signed in 2012. With Mike McCoy off to the rival San Diego Chargers after the 2012 season, Gase was promoted to offensive coordinator, where he’s been the last two years.

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The Broncos have known Gase for six seasons now, so it makes sense that if they were going to take a relatively unknown coordinator from someone else’s team, they ought to at least consider the guy who has been with the organization since Mike Shanahan was fired and someone who has worked with both Peyton Manning and quarterback of the future Brock Osweiler the last three seasons.

Gase’s candidacy with the 49ers ended somewhat abruptly, after news of a morning meeting with John Elway broke, Gase apparently turned down the Niners job and had an interview with the Broncos the next day. Whether or not Gase turned down the job or the 49ers opted to go a different direction may never be known for sure, but one thing is — the Broncos are serious about him as a candidate.

While Peyton Manning has publicly advocated Gase as a head coach candidate for other teams, there’s no doubt that one last run with the Broncos would be a lot easier if the offense didn’t change. That being said, many including John Elway believe that something does have to change.

That’s the main reason why so many fans are nervous about adding Gase, for the same reasons that John Fox was fired. Are the Broncos content to remain status quo offensively after what we saw this past season?

There’s no doubt Gase is one of the up-and-coming coaches in the NFL, but whether or not he’s ready for a head coaching position is still up in the air. If the Broncos and John Elway believe that he is the best choice for not only retaining Manning but for the future of the team, this is a move the Broncos should feel comfortable making, though it’s not really going to excite everyone.