ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos had barely finished off a 13-3 season with a bevy of scoring and passing records in hand before the usual gymnastics of Black Monday kicked in.
The kind when teams that fired coaches are looking at assistants on playoff teams for candidates.
And Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is already on the Cleveland Browns' radar, with the Browns having already formally asked the Broncos for permission to interview Gase. Gase's name figures to circulate plenty with other openings the coming days and weeks as well.
Because the Broncos have a bye this week, Gase could interview with Browns officials, including general manager Mike Lombardi, who spent one season in Denver late in Mike Shanahan's tenure.
The Broncos, with 606 points, set a new single-season scoring record while quarterback Peyton Manning set new league records for touchdown passes (55) and yards passing (5,477). Gase has also been lauded by many in the league with his work as the team moved toward a read-option offense for Tim Tebow as well as his work with the team’s receivers when he arrived on Josh McDaniels’ staff in 2009.
Gase started coaching at Michigan State when Nick Saban was the school’s head coach.