The Cleveland Browns are the only team in the NFL that has yet to name a head coach for the 2014 season, but they have had their eyes on Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase since the beginning of their coaching search.
Gase has been busy helping the Broncos focus on their playoff run and he has now informed the Browns that he will withdraw as a candidate for the job to focus on Super Bowl preparations.
From Mike Klis of the Denver Post:
Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase called Browns today to say he is withdrawing as HC candidate to concentrate on Super Bowl.
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 21, 2014
Gase has a great relationship with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and it would have taken a perfect opportunity to lure him away from Denver. He obviously doesn’t view the Browns opening as something worth leaving his current situation for.
It is a big blow to the Browns, who will now be forced to look at Plan B.
Without Gase as an option, the Browns will now consider names like New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.