BEREA— The search has begun—officially.
The Browns confirmed with The OBR that Adam Gase has completed his interview with the team for the position of head coach. Gase, 37, was the hot offensive coordinator on the Browns wish list two seasons ago when the Broncos were heading to the Super Bowl, but chose to stay with Denver. Gase spent six seasons with the Broncos, including the final two as coordiator.
After last season, John Fox was fired from the Broncos and hired with the Chicago Bears and Gase followed Fox to Chicago as the Bears offensive coordinator.
Gase is highly recommended by Jimmy Haslam's friend Peyton Manning and was considered to be at or near the top of Haslam's list in 2013. He is expected to be in demand as it has been reported that Gase has interviewed for the Philadelphia Eagles position on Tuesday and is expected to get a second interview in Philadelphia. He also is expected to be interviewed by the Giants and Dolphins, as well.
Haslam said the Browns would begin their search for the new coach immediately and Gase is believed to have been the first candidate interviewed. Others reported to have scheduled interviews are Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and former Bills head coach Doug Marrone.
Besides six seasons in Denver, Gase coached in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and San Franciso 49ers. He also coached at the college level at LSU.
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