ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **The Broncos' search for their 15th head coach kicked off Thursday afternoon when Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase interviewed for the position.
Gase guided the offense to a league-record point total in 2013. A year later, the Broncos finished second in the league in scoring, and became the third team in NFL history to average at least 30 points a game for three consecutive seasons, joining the 1999-2001 Rams and the 2010-12 Patriots.
The 2014 season was Gase's sixth season on the Broncos' staff. He joined the club in 2009 as wide receivers coach, and then moved to quarterbacks in 2011 before becoming the coordinator in 2013 after Mike McCoy left to become San Diego's head coach.
In his career, he's been the assistant coach of record for career seasons from quarterback Jon Kitna (as Detroit's offensive assistant and later quarterbacks coach), wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (2010) and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who had the best statistical season in league history in 2013.
As quarterbacks coach in 2011-12, he helped re-write the offense at midseason of 2011 to accommodate the skill set of Tim Tebow, then took part in the subsequent adjustment to Manning the following offseason.
Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway identified Gase and then-Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio as candidates for the position at a Tuesday press conference. In the hours after that, Del Rio interviewed with the Oakland Raiders, who officially named him their head coach Thursday.