The New York Giants announced Friday that they interviewed Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their vacant head coach position, making him the fourth candidate to interview since Tom Coughlin stepped down earlier this week.
Former Bills head coach Doug Marrone is scheduled to interview Saturday.
Gase, 37, has been the Bears' offensive coordinator for just one year but spent the previous two years as the Broncos' offensive coordinator. During that time he worked for former Giants defensive coordinator John Fox, who was the Broncos' head coach until last year and now coaches the Bears.
Gase's star rose quickly in Denver due to his work and success with quarterback Peyton Manning, who likely has said good things to his brother, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, about him. But Gase's work this past year with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has burnished his credentials even further. Cutler's passer rating of 92.3 was the highest of his career, and his 11 interceptions were his lowest total in a full NFL season.
Gase has interviewed with the Browns, Eagles and Dolphins in addition to the Giants.
As for Marrone, the former Syracuse coach had a 15-17 record in two years with the Bills before opting out of his contract a year ago. He failed to land another head coach job and instead spent the year as the offensive line coach for the Jaguars. He's well-regarded as a program builder and is also generating other interest on the interview circuit.
Earlier this week the Giants interviewed their own offensive and defensive coordinators, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo, as well as Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. The search will likely drag into next week and possibly longer, as owner John Mara will have to be in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday for an owners meeting on Los Angeles relocation.