Jaguars Set To Interview Adam Gase for Offensive Coordinator Spot
After talking with a handful of potential candidates that included both Bill Callahan and Doug Marrone, the Jacksonville Jaguars will take their turn into at trying to woo Adam Gase into accept the teams open offensive coordinator job.
According to sources close to the story, Gase, the current coordinator in Denver, is set to meet with Gus Bradley on Sunday morning.
A story on bigcatcountry.com reports that Gase's status in Denver is uncertain with former Broncos head coach John Fox being fired and quickly scooped up by the Chicago Bears, so a lateral move makes a lot of sense.
Under Gase, the Broncos offense ranked first overall in 2013 and fourth overall in 2014. Their third down conversion efficiency ranked second in 2013 and eighth in 2014. Their passing game was one of the best in the league, but their ground game left something to be desired, ranking 20th in 2013 with 4.1 yards per attempt and 20th in 2014 with 4.0 yards per attempt.
The Jaguars averaged just over 15 points per contest in 2014 and the running game was one of the worst in the league. Gase, who has worked with Peyton Manning the past two seasons, could be the key to Blake Bortles take a huge step in 2015 as the Jaguars starting quarterback.
Michael Silver of NFL Media reported on Saturday that the 36-year-old Gase also interviewed for Denver’s vacant head coaching position.
The Broncos’ former head coach, John Fox, took the same position in Chicago on Friday. The Bears, like the Jaguars, are in need of an offensive coordinator, as are the Browns, Falcons, 49ers, Raiders and Rams.
Gase has was also linked to the Atlanta Falcons as a potential offensive coordinator should Teryl Austin get the team’s open head coaching position. The Falcons are expected to also decide on current Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who cannot be hired until the Seahawks are out of the playoffs.
Gase is a graduate of Michigan State and became coaching in 2000 as a graduate assistant at LSU (2000-2002). He then moved on to the NFL with the Detroit Lions from 2003-2007. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Lions in his final season with the team.
He spent one season in the San Francisco 49ers organization in 2009 before moving on to Denver where he started out as a wide receivers coach, then was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2011 before taking the reins of calling plays in 2013.