The Denver Broncos just finished defeating the New England Patriots to win the AFC Championship. Because of that the Cleveland Browns will not get their opportunity to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase until after the Super Bowl. Many believe that Gase is the Browns’ #1 option for the position, whether he is interested or not has been up in the air.
We noted this morning, here, that Gase’s decision could ride on the health of the neck of Peyton Manning. Yet some of the arguements made there can also be made in relation to the Super Bowl. What happens if Manning, Gase and the Broncos win the Super Bowl? How could that impact Gase’s thoughts on moving on from this challenge? What if the team is not able to pull off the win, especially if the offense does not play well? Could that impact his decision making process?
Broncos Win the Big Game
Option 1a: With the Broncos winning Gase doesn’t see a reason to stick around, he made it to the mountain top as the offensive coordinator, so now its time to get challenged even greater. With an extra 2 weeks to learn and prepare, especially to prepare for the uniqueness of the Super Bowl, Gase could feel confident in his ability to run the whole team.
Option 1b: With the Broncos winning the Super Bowl John Fox is able to relax a bit, give more responsibility to Gase to learn on the job a bit as the OC/Assistant Head Coach. Winning the Super Bowl means Gase believes he can choose a better situation for himself, knowing most teams would remember this Super Bowl win.
Broncos Lose the Big Game (With Offensive Struggles)
Option 2a: Being unable to win on such a big stage with Peyton Manning concerns Gase. He sees that Eric Decker is probably leaving via free agency and Manning’s neck is delicate and decides to not risk falling out of the head coaching discussions. He looks at the Browns’ #4 pick, salary cap, as well as Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and a solid offensive line and decides to bet on himself.
Option 2b: He feels like he has something to prove and plans to return, barring a significant Manning medical issue, and go to battle at least one more year. Gase has confidence in himself and the Broncos system that he will have a future head coaching opportunity.
How do you think Gase’s Super Bowl trip could impact his decision with the Browns? Which option do you think is most likely as you prepare to take in the NFC Championship game, and fellow Browns HC candidate Dan Quinn? Tell us in comments below.