It's going to be a busy week for Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
After the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons have both formally requested to interview Gase this week - a request that has been reportedly been granted - a third team joined the fray Tuesday. The Chicago Bears have or will also ask for permission to interview Gase, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports (since confirmed by ESPN's Jeff Legwold).
The #Bears have requested permission to speak with #Broncos OC Adam Gase, source says. Add that to the #49ers and #Falcons— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2014
Teams that would like to interview Gase will have to travel to Denver to do so, head coach John Fox said Monday, noting that NFL rules require the Broncos to allow team to interview coordinators for head coaching gigs.
"When you get the opportunity to go from coordinator to head coach, it’s something where you get the right to do that," Fox said. "It’s not our first rodeo that way; we’ve been through this many times. It’ll be done in a way that they have to come here and they won’t bother our coaches as far as their prep and all their focus is on what we are trying to accomplish. During the bye week I think it’s an opportune time to do those things."
Gase is expected to meet with San Francisco and Atlanta representatives between Thursday and Saturday this week; expect Chicago's interview to happen during the same time.