Adam Gase tops the list of young assistants in line for head-coaching gigs due to his success as the Broncos' offensive coordinator. And it's that success that has the Browns, an organization not known for its patience, patiently waiting until Denver's season ends to interview Gase before they hire another coach, according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that Gase was very much still the apple in the Browns' eye earlier this week.
Earlier this month, the Browns fired Rob Chudzinski less than 12 months after hiring him.
Gase, who is preparing to face the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, has already notified the Browns and the Vikings that he will not interview until the Broncos' season is over. Reports are that Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is the front-runner to land the Minnesota job.
Meanwhile, while Cleveland waits, the organization has also kicked the tires on former Titans coach Mike Munchak, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, and they reportedly have interest in Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Zimmer.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports that the Browns will interview other candidates if Gase turns them down, adding that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is close friends with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, dating back to Manning's time at the University of Tennessee.