Cleveland Browns Rumors: Adam Gase prefers to stay with Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns have been eyeing either offense-minded or college coaches in their head coaching search thus far, and they abandoned looking at options in the college ranks (Bob Stoops, Gus Malzahn, and James Franklin were among the names linked to the Browns opening at points) for some time now. Just about ever since New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was previously the Browns top option to fill the vacancy, rejected the Browns head coaching offer, the team has focused on Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

The Browns cannot interview Gase until the Broncos are eliminated from the playoffs, so they’ll be hoping for a Patriots win tomorrow afternoon. But should the Broncos lose, there’s a solid chance that the man they are holding out hope for will ultimately reject their head coaching offer.

Per a league source close to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Gase is “leaning toward” staying with the Broncos at this moment in time, so it sounds like he is going to do exactly what McDaniels did. There’s no guarantee that Gase won’t take the Browns opening, but signs up to this point haven’t been encouraging due to the reported “radioactive” view of the Browns opening in league circles as well as the advice Gase has received from others. The Browns decision to fire Rob Chudzinski has only looked worse with each passing day, and the Browns are still left with trying to find their head coach. Will their next guy be better than Chud? It doesn’t look like that will be the case, especially if a young, creative play-caller and OC similar to Chud in Gase decides to pass on the Browns. I mean, the Broncos offer him more stability, and they are also a great team with a legendary QB; it’s essentially the same situation that McDaniels decided to stick with in New England.

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  • Letterman007

    The Browns will eventually make their choice and it will be as before, their second or fifth choice of who they really wanted and in a year or two they will be doing this all over again. The big difference is they won’t have the advantage of the large cap space and all the good draft choices they have now!! Therefore they will be in worse shape , but on the bright side it may be without Banner and Lumbardo, Thank GOD !!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano
      • Letterman007

        This is why he doesn’t show at pressers ! He is not well liked in Cleveland and yet these idiots hired him?? You saw what he did in the draft last year. Granted there was a lack of a lot of talent but as everyone could see the holes in this team were left alone! Now this is a make or break draft and he has one chance to get it right!! If he messes up the fans will tar and feather him and that will be the beat thing that happens to him !! The best part of the fan base does NOT trust him at ALL !!

        • Gary

          So very true. But, you know the Browns fans will still support their team.
          No matter what. Look at the years since they re entered the NFL. The fans still come to the games.I fall under this too. I support them. But, I no longer attend the games.
          It’s bad enough watching them on TV

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            I respect Browns fans like none other, and it’s sad that the dedication they show isn’t matched by the team’s leadership (if you can even call them “leaders”). I’ve never respected Lombardi’s opinion as an analysis, and I think there are even some fans who could do a better job than him.

          • Letterman007

            SO TRUE, although I don’t count myself as one of them! But with all the screw ups this organization has done with drafting, let alone free agents and how many coaches is Haslam still paying that aren’t here anymore? The tidy sum of close to 50 million by last count, I think he’s still paying Paul Brown somehow!!!

          • Gary

            I think you are right. What was once a very proud organization has just gone down the tubes. Ever since we got booted to Baltimore.

          • Letterman007

            It’s about time for this franchise to rise from the dead!! I’m just not sure we have the front office to get the job done and those sell outs will stop if there is no apparent progress!! Cincinnati couldn’t sellout their home game in the playoffs, because they are good enough to get there and no farther. What happens when you aren’t even good enough to make the playoffs??!!

          • Gary

            You would think. But, the fact is the Browns continue to sell out games and have managed to avoid blackouts 100% of the time since 1999. With a losing team. Now that is some serious fan base. Since 1999 the Browns had two winning seasons. 2002 and 2007.
            9-7 and 10-6. Their overall record in this time is 69-151. Pretty bad. Yet, the fans continue to pack Cleveland Stadium. Look at Cincinnati. 106-133. Not great, but they had seasons of at least 8 wins 8 times in this time span. With 5 playoff appearances. Yet, they can’t get fans to come to their games. Go figure. Yes, I agree that is is time for this franchise to rise from the dead. Fans have suffered long enough. And it starts and ends with ownership and the FO. Till that improves, I see more losing seasons down the road. What is truly sad is the Fans will still support this team. Like they always have.

          • Letterman007

            But in the meantime they are loosing the younger fans as shown in some of the articles I’ve seen lately!! The growth is stagnate because the team is loosing and younger people want winners! Gone are the days when I listened on the radio to the Browns game, sitting on my grandfather’s front porch!! This was before they were on TV every week, but the point is the Cleveland teams were instilled in us by our parents or grandparents! We used to think it was a big deal to go to Cleveland once a season and see a game live and in person! With the loosing this is not happening anymore and the fan base is getting smaller!!

          • Gary

            I agree 100%. I cringed when they hired him

  • Gary

    No big surprise there.
    Haslam and the rest of the idiots in the FO has made it so nobody in their right mind wants to coach here.
    Thank them.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Yup, just ridiculous stuff. You reap what you sow, Haslam/Banner.

  • Gary

    Maybe Jim Tressel isn’t such a bad idea after all.
    He might be the only coach who would actually want to coach here.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Tressel to the Lions is the rumor, but I don’t buy him becoming their next OC.

      • Gary

        I heard that too. I would have had no problem him being here. Even as just a assistant.

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