He remembers it as a three-day whirlwind: the shocking playoff loss, the splitting of bosses John Fox and John Elway, and then two job interviews.
Adam Gase spoke to the 49ers for the second time at a Denver hotel one day after the Broncos let John Fox go. Then he interviewed with the Broncos, with whom he’d been the offensive coordinator.
“Everything happened so fast,” Gase said. “There is no way to prepare. You’re coming from whatever the preparation was there … I was kinda coming off those other interviews.”
He didn’t get the 49ers job — and neither did the first man they interviewed, Vic Fangio, who was released from his contract when they named Jim Tomsula head coach.
“That time of year, you never know what the people that are hiring are looking for or what they want,” Fangio said. “So you try not to drive yourself crazy with that. It was good that I had some choices.”
A good showing by Fangio or Gase — now coordinators and co-workers inside Halas Hall — would shoot them near the top of any 2016 candidate list.
Which, to hear Fox tell it, is a good problem to have. Winning brings job promotions, he said, be it for coaches or players.
The Bears head coach is adamant about letting his coordinators just do that. By empowering his coordinators, he’s giving them the skills to run their own team one day.
”You give them the authority to do it,” he said. “I’m involved because I’m the head coach, because I manage the game. So I’m involved in the game plan, all that kind of stuff, and really in all three phases.”
Gase interviewed early on for the Bears’ head coaching vacancy, meeting with chairman George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips, before huddling with the Broncos and 49ers.
“Some of the questions you get are a lot of non-football-related things, an that was a real growing-up experience for me,” he said. “But going through that many in that short of a time, getting to meet the people that I met was a great experience.”
Gase joked Fox lobbied him the right way — by calling his wife to sell her on Chicago.
Fox called Fangio directly —no go-betweens — and the defensive coordinator said he chose the Bears over Redskins because he “liked the fit here.”
Gase is happy he did.
“I love the dialogue me and Vic have with each other,” Gase said. “I have a great time when we’re in the office. I probably talk too much, but he’ll drop a one-liner and walk away, and you’ll get caught with your pants down. He’s a funny guy.
“Me and Vic have a great relationship. I’m just glad I’m on his side.”
The Bears waived linebacker Khaseem Greene on Monday, just two years after Phil Emery drafted the Rutgers alum in the fourth round. He played 25 games, 10 last season.
They also released defensive end Austen Lane and signed three who tried out over the weekend—27-year-old quarterback Pat Devlin, rookie nose tackle Terry Williams from East Carolina and rookie linebacker Kyle Woestmann from Vanderbilt.
This and that
• Quarterback Jay Cutler’s wife Kristin Cavallari announced they are expecting their third child.
• The Bears claimed former Jets tight end Chris Pantale off waivers to put their roster at the maximum 90 players.