Broncos OC Adam Gase removes name from Browns HC search
Just 35 years old with one year of experience as a coordinator, Gase has a pretty sweet deal calling plays for Peyton Manning in Denver. There is not much of a reason for Gase to jump ship and head to a franchise that has not won more than five games since 2007. The Browns do not have a viable quarterback or running back in place, and management has shown signs of volatility, particularly by firing Rob Chudzinski after one season as the team's head coach.
Gase marks the fourth known candidate to turn down the Browns' head coaching gig. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the first to remove his name from the list, then Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles did the same. Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo was interviewed for the position, but ended up taking the New York Giants' offensive coordinator job.
Reports from about a week ago suggested that Gase's colleagues were "warning" him about the Browns job, advising him against taking it. Now, Gase is the fourth candidate to cross his name off the Browns' list.
With a thin resume beneath his one year as the Broncos' offensive coordinator, Gase can build up his reputation by continuing his unit's success with the help of Peyton Manning, and he should be able to get a more desirable job with a more lucrative contract down the road.
The Browns are now expected to direct their search to two bright defensive minds - Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.