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A big stretch
January 15, 2014 - Mike McLain
All signs indicate that the Browns might be zeroing in on Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase as their next head coach.
If he's not the choice, the Browns could be in big trouble in trying to find a competent replacement for Rob Chudzinski.
That's to assume that Gase is a capable replacement. It's silly how teams get infatuated with coordinators that are on winning teams, somehow thinking they're responsible for great performances by great players.
To think that Gase has a big imprint on the success of the Broncos offense is absurd. Just because he sits next to Peyton Manning on the bench doesn't mean he's telling Manning anything he doesn't already know.
A friend recently said it best: "All Gase has to do is get out of Manning's way" and the Broncos offense will look good.
If all it takes to find a quality head coach is to pick out a coordinator from a winning team, then I could do the job. If anything, it smacks of not thinking outside the box, which the reason the NFL spits out so many retread coaches.
The fact is that Gase is all of 35 years old and is completing his first season as OC of the Broncos. Prior to that he was receivers coach for two seasons and quarterbacks coach for another two.
A resume like that in most job searches would get the response -- "Come back when you have more experience." Yet Gase, who's clearly living off his timely and fortunate association with Manning, could be the Browns next head coach.
All great coaches have to start somewhere and get their first big breaks. Ideally, you'd hope he would make his break by being seen as an innovator in some way -- Bill Walsh comes to mind -- and not someone that brushes up next to a great player.
The Browns must know what they're doing ... or do they?
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