John Fox’s push to fill out his Chicago Bears' coaching staff took another big step forward Wednesday with the hiring of Adam Gase as offensive coordinator.
Gase, who went through a formal interview for the position Wednesday at Halas Hall, will join the Bears after spending the past four seasons working under Fox with the Denver Broncos, the past two as the team's offensive coordinator.
Gase’s hiring in Chicago completes a whirlwind month for the 36-year-old assistant coach, who had been one of the hot prospects in the head-coaching market. A league source said Wednesday evening that the Bears' new offensive coordinator had agreed to a three-year deal.
The Bears interviewed Gase for their open head-coaching position on Jan. 3. Gase also had head-coaching interviews with the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. But the Bears ultimately hired Fox to become their head coach while the 49ers promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
The Falcons, meanwhile, are expected to hire Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn after the Super Bowl. The Bills chose Rex Ryan as their new head coach.
Gase also interviewed for the offensive coordinator position with the Jacksonville Jaguars and was believed to be a frontrunner to become the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. But that job went Tuesday to Marc Trestman, who last month was fired as the Bears’ head coach after a 5-11 season.
Gase’s recent track record of success has been notable. With Peyton Manning as his quarterback, the Broncos led the NFL in total yards each of the past two seasons. The Broncos set a league record by scoring 606 points in 2013. Over the past two regular seasons, the Broncos averaged 430 yards per game and 34 points. (The Bears, meanwhile, saw a sharp decline in offensive production this past season, averaging 327.1 yards per game, down 54.7 yards per game from the previous season.)
Gase will have to push forward in his new job without Manning at the controls of the offense, perhaps needing to push for similar productivity out of Jay Cutler, the Bears’ incumbent starter at quarterback.
Manning had offered glowing endorsements of Gase’s intelligence and adaptability as he backed his coordinator in his push to become a head coach.
“He deserves it,” Manning said earlier this month. “I think the teams that he talks to will be impressed.”
Before becoming the offensive coordinator, Gase spent two seasons as the Broncos' quarterbacks coach (2011-12) and two as the team's receiving coach (2009-10). Gase's first season as the Broncos receivers coach was also Brandon Marshall's last with the team.
Gase was unable to land a head-coaching position this offseason but will now join a Bears staff that has come together nicely for Fox.
Jeff Rodgers was announced as the Bears’ new special teams coordinator on Monday while the team officially landed Vic Fangio as their defensive coordinator Tuesday.