NEWARK, N.J. -- Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase recently turned down the opportunity to interview for two head coaching jobs in order to be right where he hoped to be this week –- getting ready for a Super Bowl.
The play-caller for the highest scoring offense in league history -- 606 points in the regular season -- told both the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns he would not interview for their head coaching positions until after the Broncos had finished their season.
The Vikings didn't wait, moving quickly to hire Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their head coach.
The Browns waited, hoping to convince Gase to interview. But Gase called Browns officials last week to withdraw his name from consideration, even as the Browns were closing in on a deal with Mike Pettine.
"With everything we had going with this team, with the guys we have and the work we were trying to get done, it just wasn't the right time," Gase said Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. "I wanted to concentrate on the job we have to do and what we're trying to get done."
Gase has a year remaining on his current contract and earned plenty of kudos from the Broncos players and team executives for his decision to not interview until the season was over. Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway called it "studly."
"I wish I could have played for [Gase]," Elway said.
The Broncos set NFL single-season records for points and total touchdowns (76) while Peyton Manning set single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55).