Offensive Coordinator, Chicago Bears
Adam Gase enters his fifth year with the Denver Broncos and his first season as the club’s offensive coordinator after being named to that position on Jan. 17, 2012.
Currently the NFL’s fourth-youngest offensive coordinator, Gase, 34, spent the past two seasons as Denver’s quarterbacks coach following two years instructing the wide receivers.
In 2012, Gase was part of the Broncos’ offensive staff that helped the unit finish No. 4 overall in the NFL with 397.9 yards per game—the second-highest output in team history—in addition to scoring 30.1 points per contest (third-highest mark in club annals).
Denver topped the 30-point mark in a team-record 11 games and finished with the best offensive scoring improvement in the NFL from the previous season (+10.8 points per game).
Working with quarterback Peyton Manning last season, Gase helped the NFL’s MVP runner-up set every major franchise single-season passing mark in his first year with the club. Manning, who earned Comeback Player of the Year and a first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press in addition to being selected as a Pro Bowl starter, finished the 2012 regular season with team records for completions (400), passing yards (4,659), completion percentage (68.6%), touchdowns (37) and passer rating (105.8).
Manning’s completion, passing yardage, touchdown and passer rating totals in 2012 all represented the second-highest such figures of his career. Additionally, he totaled the most 300-yard passing games (9), three-touchdown games (9) and 100-plus passer rating games (10) in franchise history.
In 2011, Gase coached second-year quarterback Tim Tebow, who started the season’s final 11 regular-season games in addition to two playoff contests and posted a combined 8-5 record that included five fourth-quarter comebacks.
Tebow threw for 12 touchdowns against just six interceptions in the regular season with his best performance coming in Week 13 against Minnesota in which he completed 10-of-15 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns with his 149.3 passer rating representing the second-highest single-game total in the NFL in 2011.
Seeing his first extended action as a starter in 2011, Tebow set a team record for quarterbacks with 660 rushing yards and added six touchdowns on the ground. He helped the Broncos finish No. 1 in the NFL in rushing (164.5 ypg), including a staggering 193.0 yards per game during his 11 games as the starter.
During Gase’s second year as the Broncos’ wide receivers coach in 2010, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd became the first player in team history to lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,448). Lloyd also set career highs in receptions (77), receiving average (18.8) and receiving touchdowns (11), while earning his first career trip to the Pro Bowl. Under Gase’s tutelage, Lloyd became just the second player in NFL history to record his first 1,400-yard output in their eighth season or later.
In 2009, Brandon Marshall earned a Pro Bowl selection after becoming the fifth player in NFL history to post three consecutive 100-catch seasons (101-1,120 yds.). Marshall, who had a career-high 10 receiving touchdowns, set a league single-game record for receptions with 21 at Indianapolis (12/13/09), and his 43 catches in December tied for the most in a four-game period in the NFL since 1960.
Before joining the Broncos, Gase was an offensive assistant for San Francisco in 2008 after coaching three seasons (2005-07) with Detroit, including serving as the club’s quarterbacks coach during the 2007 campaign. He began his coaching career in 2000 at Louisiana State University and worked at the school until taking a position in the Lions’ scouting department in 2003.
As Detroit’s quarterbacks coach in 2007, Gase helped quarterback Jon Kitna total the sixth-most passing yards (4,068) in the NFL while becoming only the ninth player in NFL history to post consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons.
From 2005-06, Gase coached as an offensive assistant with the Lions, working under Head Coach Steve Mariucci in 2005 and under Head Coach Rod Marinelli in 2006.
The 2005 campaign marked the beginning of Gase’s NFL coaching career, working as an offensive assistant for Detroit. He broke into the NFL in 2003 with the Lions as a scouting assistant and held that position until 2005.
From 2000-02, Gase worked at Louisiana State under Head Coach Nick Saban, serving as a defensive graduate assistant for the school in 2000 while also working in recruiting. During his three years with the Tigers, the school had a 26-12 overall record, won two bowl games (Peach Bowl in 2000, Sugar Bowl in 2001) and earned one Southeastern Conference Championship (2001).
Gase attended Michigan State University from 1996-99 and received a bachelor’s degree from the school. He was born on March 29, 1978 in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Born on March 29, 1978, in Ypsilanti, Mich., Gase is married to Jennifer, and they have a daughter, McKenzie, and a son, A.J.