Throughout the Browns' search for a new head coach, ClevelandBrowns.com will break down the candidates after their interview with the team's search committee is complete. It starts today with a look at Adam Gase, who has made an impact with two veteran quarterbacks in recent years.
- This isn't the first time Gase's name has been linked to head coach openings throughout the league. He rose to prominence during his two-year stint as offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos. In Gase's first season, Peyton Manning won MVP after throwing for an NFL record 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. The Broncos set an NFL record with 606 points that season, which ended with a Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks.
- Gase worked for two different head coaches with the Broncos: Josh McDaniels and John Fox. He followed Fox to Chicago in 2015 after Gary Kubiak was hired in Denver. The Broncos sent a wide receiver to the Pro Bowl in the second and third of Gase's three seasons as wide receivers coach (Brandon Marshall in 2009, Brandon Lloyd in 2010).
- In 2015, the Bears, who were hit hard by injuries at running back and wide receiver, finished 21st in total offense (344.6 yards per game) and 23rd in scoring offense (20.9 points per game). Quarterback Jay Cutler had one of his better seasons in recent years, throwing for 3,659 yards, 21 touchdowms, 11 interceptions and a career-best quarterback rating of 92.3.
- Gase's took on his own position group for the first time in 2007 as the Lions quarterback coach under head coach Steve Mariucci. Jon Kitna threw for the second-most yards in his career, 4,068, and Detroit improved its record from 3-13 to 7-9.
- Gase's first football boss? Nick Saban. He worked under the four-time national championship coach first as an undergraduate at Michigan State and later as a graduate assistant at LSU. "It was easy to tell right off the bat that he had the right stuff to be a good coach," Saban told CBSSports.com in January 2014.