The Cleveland Browns head coaching search ended a week or so before the season ended. Two of the numerous candidates that came out for the Browns head job faced each other in the Super Bowl. Seattle’s defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Denver’s offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Now that we know the results of both the search and the Super Bowl lets look at those two and see what we know now.
Quinn’s defense shut down the record breaking Peyton Manning. Quinn’s defense is stacked with talent from top to bottom. Quinn’s defense was built by Gus Bradley, now the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quinn looks a lot like the guy the Browns did hire for the HC position, Mike Pettine. Quinn said he would of been interested in the Browns position, calling it “Big Time”, but wanted to focus on his team’s preparations for the Super Bowl. Quinn had an initial interview with the Browns during the team’s earlier bye week.
So what can we take away from the Super Bowl and Quinn? We can say that he ran a great game against a great QB. We can say that he would of been interested in the Browns job but he chose to wait. Besides that we have the Bradley issue lurking. Bradley helped mold the current defense, with the help of the front office Bradley brought in players that fit his system and Bradley left Quinn looking pretty good. How much of this year’s defense was Bradley’s and how much was Quinn’s? That is a question only the players and Quinn himself can know.
The Broncos looked bad all game. The offensive game plan seemed to lack creativity, even being noted to run the same play a number of times. Manning looked frustrated much of the game and the run game was non-existent for much of the contest. Gase pulled himself out of the running for the Browns job to focus on this game.
Does that mean Gase was not ready to be a head coach? Not necessarily but it turned out to be good that he refused to interview during the SB bye week. Imagine his team put on that kind of show after he took time out to interview for a HC position, and possibly have a verbal agreement in hand? Today would be much uglier for him and for the Browns. This experience was probably good for Gase. He saw some of his weaknesses and can look at tape and see the adjustments he should have made.
Looking back do you now want Quinn over Pettine? Are you glad we didn’t wait for Gase? How do you think the Super Bowl impacts these twos’ resume? Should it impact it that much.