Posted January 21, 2014

Report: Broncos OC Adam Gase withdraws as Browns head coach candidate

Adam Gase declined to be interviewed during the Broncos' postseason run to Super Bowl XLVIII. (John Leyba/Getty Images)

Adam Gase declined to be interviewed during the Broncos’ run to Super Bowl XLVIII. (John Leyba/Getty Images)

Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has been linked as a leading candidate for the Browns’ head coach job for weeks. When Gase declined to be interviewed during the Broncos’ playoff preparation, the Browns were left to consider and interview other candidates, while waiting for the Broncos to lose. The Broncos have kept winning — all the way to Super Bowl XLVIII — but the Browns no longer have to wait on Gase.

On Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of reported Gase thanked the Browns for their interest but informed them they should move on in their search.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported a Browns official said the team would not wait around to hire Gase.’s Mary Kay Cabot reported last week that Gase was unlikely to accept an offer for the Browns job.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Gase will stick with his plan to not consider a head coach job until 2015, so he can spend another season growing as a coordinator and working with Peyton Manning.

The Browns reportedly have already been turned down by Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

Cabot tweeted Tuesday that the Browns are believed to be planning second interviews with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Bills offensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

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What if there was an NFL head coaching opening and NOBODY wanted the job?  By the time Cleveland finds someone willing to put up with this dysfunctional franchise he'll probably be Candidate #23.  Certainly doesn't say much for this franchise does it?


Don't be surprised to see Gase take over for Fox in 2015. Pat Bowlen covets young offensive minds. He's hit big with one (Shanahan) and lost big on one (McDaniels). There is no way Bowlen lets the brightest offensive mind in NFL leave. It has at least been implied, if not promised that Gase will be Fox' successor.

Even with a likely retired Manning, whats a better situation based on stability and organizational competence? Denver or Cleveland...