Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has asked Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to withdraw his name from consideration for the latter’s vacant head coaching position.
According to a source, Gase was leaning toward staying in Denver because he loves his job, loves working with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning aside from having head coaching opportunities after another year with the quarterback.
Also, sources said Gase may have pulled out because he knew the Browns didn’t want to wait until Feb. 3 or after the Super Bowl to talk to him.
The Broncos, who scored an NFL record 606 points this season, are set to take on the Seahawks in the Super Bowl Feb. 2 at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.
The Browns, knowing that Gase was leaning toward staying put in Denver, were in the process of setting up second interviews with several coaches, including Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
Because the Browns already interviewed Quinn once, they are permitted under NFL rules to talk to him again by Sunday, but not hire him until after the Super Bowl.
If the Browns wait for Quinn until Feb. 3, it’s because he showed considerable interest in the job and they’d be confident of landing him. If the Browns really like Pettine in his second interview, however, they could hire him at any time.
The Browns also interviews other candidates in their search for a replacement for Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after the season.
The first was New England’s Josh McDaniels, who withdrew his name on Jan. 8, four days after he was interviewed.
The second was former Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who took the Titans head coaching job.
The Browns have also interviewed Cardinals defensive Todd Bowles, former Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, former Titans head coach Mike Munchak, and Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.