Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase might have been a hot property in the coaching market, but he was cool Tuesday with questions about his decision to spurn the Browns, and his ability to call plays for a future Hall of Famer in Peyton Manning.
Gase was tucked in a corner, avoiding most of the rush of Media Day and keeping a low profile with a pattern of stock answers.
“It just wasn’t the right time, as far as the timing with us coming here and the focus I wanted on this game,” Gase said when asked about the Browns wanting to interview him for their head coaching job.
Gase insisted he decided in advance to focus on the Broncos when he heard his name come up as a possibility, and didn’t even consult with co-workers who had been through the process, including John Fox and Jack Del Rio.
“I had made up my mind what I wanted to do, and that’s what I did,” he said simply.
Asked if he was concerned about another chance to interview for such jobs might not come, he shrugged and said: “If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
He was just as cool about coaching Manning, saying he’s grown accustomed to coaching players older than he was.
“It’s par for the course for me,” he said with a grin. “I coached Jon Kitna [in Detroit] when he was 48 and I was 28.”
That was the one-liner of the day, but with the reputation he’s built up this offseason, it’s not likely to be the one time he’s mentioned for head coaching jobs.