The Cleveland Browns have had their eyes on Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase since firing head coach Rob Chudzinski, but they have been unable to meet with their top candidate as he continues his playoff run in Denver.
Without interviewing Gase, the Browns coaching search is on hold and they run the risk of turning off the few candidates that they do have.
While some coaches who were considering the Browns job may be growing tired with the waiting game that the Browns are playing, Broncos executive John Elway is happy to see his coordinator staying dedicated to the team and their current mission.
“He’s done a tremendous job,” Elway said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. “He’s had a great year and he’s just got such a great feel, and he’s a hard worker and he’s very bright. I hope he stays but — I thought it was, to me, I couldn’t think for him to be able to do what he did and to say ‘I want to keep my focus on the Denver Broncos and once our season is over I’ll interview.’
“To me that was studly because it was to me, I like guys that are committed to what they’re doing, committed to the Denver Broncos. So I couldn’t be more proud of that decision. It tells you a lot about the guy.”
Gase has done a great job with the Broncos offense this year and the team is currently the favorite to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII, so the team’s current run could ultimately cost him a head coaching opportunity.
However, if it comes down to working with Peyton Manning or the Cleveland Browns, it is a really choice.