Adam Gase will be the new offensive coordinator for the Broncos following the departure of Mike McCoy, who left earlier in the week to become the head coach of the AFCW rival Chargers.
Gase had been the team's quarterbacks coach for two seasons, and was their wide receivers coach for the two years prior to that (2009-10). The team was said to also be considering former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt for the position.
Said head coach John Fox of the move:
Adam was an integral part of the success we had offensively this season and was heavily involved in all aspects of our game plan, both during the week and on gameday. Maintaining that continuity with our offense was very important in this decision. While we did speak with several qualified candidates, it became clear that Adam was the best fit to be our offensive coordinator.
Fox later added:
His coaching background along with his familiarity with our players is very strong. He did a great job working with Peyton and all of our quarterbacks the last two seasons. Adam is a bright coach with a great future, and I am confident he’ll have success in his new role.
The 34-year-old's NFL coaching career began with a stint in Detroit, where he was an offensive assistant under OCs Greg Olson, Ted Tollner, and Mike Martz for three years (2005-07). In 2008, he followed Martz to San Francisco, and joined Josh McDaniels's Denver staff the following season.
Denver's new OC got his initial start in coaching as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban at LSU; Gase had been an undergraduate at Michigan State while Saban was the head coach there. He worked at LSU from 2000-02, and then took a position in Detroit's scouting department in 2003.
Gase's wife, Jennifer, is the daughter of Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt.
For continuity's sake, this is an easy decision to get behind. Even as we were hoping the Broncos would lure Tom Moore to Denver, the likelihood that Gase would eventually come to run the Broncos offense always seemed a welcome one.
Gase will enter his fifth season with Denver, and is therefore as familiar with the team's personnel as any other assistant on the Broncos' offensive staff.
Thanks to his work with the team's wideouts from 2009-10, he was the initial position coach for stars Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, and as the QB coach, he provides familiarity for Manning and also ushered heir apparent Brock Osweiler into the league.
And because he's been with the team through both the McDaniels and Fox regimes, Gase is also familiar firsthand with the drastic changes undergone by the offense, as it switched from Kyle Orton, to Tim Tebow, to Peyton Manning, and three unique systems, all in a matter of months.
If nothing else, this choice is far preferable to Whisenhunt, who had been a top candidate for multiple head jobs this month, and figured to not be long for this position. Also, Whisenhunt's ties to Peyton Manning and John Fox were of a personal/golf buddy variety, not a professional one.
Updated 10:46am ET