John Fox nails down his last top assistant, the offensive coordinator:
#Bears have reached an agreement with Adam Gase to become their new offensive coordinator.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 22, 2015
This off season Adam Gase made the rounds of head coaching interviews. He met with the Chicago Bears about their head coaching vacancy before Chicago had a GM in place. He interviewed with his former team, the Denver Broncos, about their head coaching job. He was a candidate for the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills head coaching position, and he met twice with the San Francisco 49ers.
Some reports had him all but locked up for the Niners job, but they ended up going with an in-house candidate.
That meeting must have gone swimmingly, as Gase is set to be hired as the new offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.
Gase's first coaching job in the NFL was with the Detroit Lions. He ascended to their quarterbacks coach in 2007 and he worked with offensive coordinator Mike Martz that season. He followed Martz to the 49ers the following year, working as an offensive assistant. after that it was on to Denver, where he has worked since. In 2009 and 2010 he was their wide receivers coach, in 2011 he was their quarterbacks coach and the last two seasons he was their offensive coordinator.
The knock on him by some, is that his OC success is more due to working with Peyton Manning. It's a fair concern, but don't assume that every play that Manning ran was an audible. Gase is still working on the game plans, he's still radioing plays into his QB and he's still a part of the in game schematic process.
The system that Peyton Manning brought with him to the Broncos isn't necessarily a pass first system, but when you're one of the all time great passers in the history of the NFL, you tend to throw a bit. Gase could easily transition his Bronco playbook into a run first, play action offense.
What are your thoughts on the hire?