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After some speculation over the last couple of days, the Chicago Bears made it official and hired former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase to fill the same role on John Fox’s staff. It’s a pretty nice hire since Gase was sought after as a head coaching candidate by a few teams, including the Bears. Word is, Gase may not interview very well but his relationship with Fox certainly helped land the talented coordinator.
The 36-year old has been kicking around the NFL since 2003 when he broke in with the Detroit Lions as a scouting assistant before becoming an offensive assistant. In 2007, Gase became the Lions’ quarterbacks coach for none other than…. (drum roll please) Mike Martz! I’m sure Jay will pass along his best to Martz via Gase:
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After a year as an offensive assistant with the 49ers, Gase became the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos under Josh McDaniels and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. 2009 was a rough year for Brandon Marshall as his head coach who drafted in him and believed in him Mike Shanahan was gone, his pal Jay Cutler got himself traded out of town and he was in a contract dispute, all while going through life suffering undiagnosed borderline personality disorder.
I wondered if there was room enough for Marshall and his position coach from that rocky season, Adam Gase. I guess Marshall and Gase are cool, at least by what he’s publishing on Twitter:
The big question with Gase, who boasts an impressive offensive resume the last couple of season with the Broncos, is how much of their success was due to Peyton Manning and can ANY of that rub off on the Jay Cutler. In all honesty, we can’t assume that anything will be built with Jay Cutler or Brandon Marshall in mind. As John Fox, Ryan Pace and Adam Gase go through the offensive roster, they will decide who stays and who goes.
In my opinion, Cutler should stay next season because there is virtually no other option out there. The draft is supposedly horrible for quarterbacks and free agency isn’t much better unless you want to bring Mark Sanchez or Brian Hoyer in to run your team.
The best thing that Gase could do would be to put together an offense like what the Broncos ran the last several weeks of the season when Peyton Manning’s noodle arm went limp. Put an emphasis on the running game and ask the quarterback to make an occasional throw. I think Cutler could thrive in that situation.
What do you think of the hire? Are you happy with Gase? Who would you have rather seen?