NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Atlanta Falcons have requested permission to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their newly vacant head coaching position. Rapoport also reports that the Falcons are among teams that are expected to interview Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Gase, 36, was promoted to Broncos offensive coordinator in 2013. Prior to that promotion, Gase spent four seasons as an assistant with the Broncos serving as wide receivers and quarterbacks coach for two seasons each. Gase served as an offensive assistant under Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, when the latter was that team’s head coach in 2008. Gase’s career as a pro assistant coach began in 2003 with the Detroit Lions. He joined the Lions as a scouting assistant, before working his way up to quarterbacks coach by 2007. Prior to jumping to the NFL, Gase spent three years as a graduate and recruiting assistant at LSU. Gase graduated from Michigan State in 1999. His wife, Jennifer, is the daughter of New Orleans Saints linebackers coach Joe Vitt.
Over the past two seasons as offensive coordinator, the Broncos have finished first (2013) and second (2014) in scoring offense. The Broncos finished first in total offense in 2013 and finished fourth this past season. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gave effusive praise to Gase during last year’s leadup to Super Bowl.
Quinn, 44, replaced current Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator in 2013. Prior to that, he spent two years at the University of Florida in the same role. Before leaving for the college ranks, Quinn worked as defensive line coach with the Seaahwks in 2009 and 2010. Quinn served as defensive line coach with 49ers (2003-04), Miami Dolphins (2005-06) and New York Jets (2007-08) prior to his first stint with the Seahawks. Quinn’s first job in the NFL as an assistant was as a defensive quality control coach with the 49ers from 2001-02. Prior to that, Quinn worked mostly as a defensive line coach in college: at William & Mary (1994), Virginia Military Institute (1995) and Hofstra (1996-2000). Quinn played defensive line at Salisbury State and inducted in the school’s Athletic Hal of Fame.
Each of the past two seasons under Quinn, the Seahawks defense has finished atop the league in both scoring and total defense. The 2013 Seahawks defense is considered by many among the best defenses in NFL history, helping lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory over Gase’s Broncos.
During Quinn’s stint at Florida, his defenses ranked in the top 10 nationally both seasons. In 2011, the Gators ranked eighth in total defense, seventh in passing defense and second in third-down defense. The following year in 2012, they ranked fifth in scoring defense, second in defensive pass efficiency and fourth in run defense.