ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Most Broncos coaches and players get a chance to relax this weekend. Adam Gase doesn't have that luxury.
The Broncos' third-year-offensive coordinator and sixth-year assistant coach will interview with the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears in the first two days of 2015, taking advantage of the bye-weekend window in which assistants of teams with the top two seeds in each conference can meet with representatives of teams with head-coaching vacancies.
Gase heads into the process with quiet confidence, knowing that he took care of much of the preparation work months ago.
"It's an interesting dynamic to try to do it. A lot of the times it happens in spring and the summer," Gase said. "It's something that you kind of put on the back burner. Then you focus on the season. If it comes up then it comes up.
"Three interviews is a lot of work. You've got a couple days to get it done and make sure you know what you're doing. The preparation was done a long time ago."
Gase had the opportunity to interview with the Cleveland Browns last year, but declined.
"It's a different year for me this year. I felt like this was the right choice for me to do this this weekend," he said. "Once that's over, we'll move on to whoever we end up playing."
Gase's record with the Broncos speaks for itself. As a wide receivers coach, he helped guide current Bears wideout Brandon Marshall and Brandon Lloyd to career years. As a quarterbacks coach in 2011, he helped redesign the offense to fit Tim Tebow at midseason, allowing the Broncos to turn a 1-4 start into an 8-8 finish and the AFC West title. Then Peyton Manning arrived, and in 2013, Gase's first year as a coordinator, the Broncos fielded the most prolific offense in league history.
The 2012-14 Broncos are one of three teams in league history to average at least 30.0 points a game for at least three consecutive years. You don't accomplish that on the shoulders of just one player, no matter how transcendent he is.
"Yeah I don't think you need me to sit up here and campaign for him, I guess," Manning said. "Last year I talked to a couple teams on behalf of him that reached out to me. That may happen again.
"I'm certainly glad to share my thoughts. I think it's pretty well documented, my thoughts on him. I don't think he needs me to stand up here and campaign for him. But yeah he's – I know, I'm excited that he has the opportunity that he's going to have this weekend. He deserves it and I think the teams that he talks to will be impressed."
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