If I am Adam Gase, I would be feeling intimidated right now, if not totally out of my league! In his second year as Denvers QB Coach he is suddenly given a QB to coach who is 3 years his senior, and who had been playing pro ball for 7 years prior to Adams first professional coaching gig!
Gase began his career in 2000 as the defensive grad assistant at LSU under Nick Saban. He spent the next two years serving as the assistant to the head coach at LSU. He broke into the NFL in 2003 with the Lions as a scouting assistant and held that position until 2005.
From 2005-06, Gase got his first taste of coaching as an offensive assistant with the Lions, working under Head Coach Steve Mariucci in 2005 and then Head Coach Rod Marinelli in 2006.
In his first year as Detroit’s quarterbacks coach (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.
Gase (33) will enter his second year coaching the Denver quarterbacks after coaching the wide receivers in 2009 and 2010.
HC John Fox isn't the only one who recognized potential in Adam Gase.
Gase had drawn interest from at least two other teams in early 2011, but the Broncos were dangling the chance for him to be the team's quarterbacks coach, and Gase, an up-and-coming assistant, accepted the job.
Former Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Frank Reich had this to say about Peyton coming to Denver.
"It's probably player telling coach. I can say that in all seriousness but at the same time laughing about it because Peyton is a true pro. I know the reality of it is he's smarter than I am and he knows more than I know. That's not normally the case in a coach-player relationship. But just because that's true doesn't mean I can't help."
"No one inside the team's Dove Valley headquarters may have to make a bigger adjustment than offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterbacks coach Adam Gase. [It's Manning] who is likely to be guiding McCoy, Gase and the Broncos' offensive players on the subtleties of the no-huddle, hurry-up offense."
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, who coached Peyton at the University of Tennessee, shared his advice for coaches that have the opportunity to coach Peyton.
Cutcliffe told the NFL Network, "For Peyton Manning to be Peyton Manning, you have to lose a little bit of your ego and identity. The quarterbacks are always the functional part. We're (just) there to train them, but we're not taking snaps."
"I think you have to let Peyton Manning be Peyton Manning. That's when he's at his best. He's in control at the line of scrimmage. I think he needs a certain amount of autonomy because that's how he plays football. He played that way at the University of Tennessee, I'll be the first to admit that."
"I taught him everything I knew and then he knows everything as the functional part. I want every quarterback to know more than I do and I think that's how Peyton Manning does best."
This is what Adam Gase is attempting to do as a second year QB Coach for the Denver Broncos.
Cutcliffe continues, "I know how we train quarterbacks/football players to be mechanically sound, fundamentally sound and also way beyond that, students of the game and also a student of life.''
It should be obvious to us all that Adam Gase will be able to learn a lot from PFM! I believe that having Peyton on board will allow him to focus more on the rest of the QB's we have on the roster.
"Hey, Adam!" Just remember what Frank Reich had to say. "Just because he knows more than you, doesn't mean that you cant help." He may actually help you to elevate your career, put it in fast forward mode, or something similar.
How much impact do you all think that Peyton can have on Adam Gase's career? How about the flip side to that question?
Do you think that Gase will be helped this year by the fact that PM doesn't really "need" him?
Since Adam Gase has such a small sample of experience at his position, I think that the addition of Peyton can help him in many ways. What do you think?