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Broncos' coordinator Gase declines interviews

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In-demand offensive coordinator Adam Gase will not interview for head coaching positions as long as the Denver Broncos are playing in the postseason.

Gase, 35, made the decision upon learning the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings were interested in conducting interviews with him this week.

The appeal, of course, is that Gase -- in concert with quarterback Peyton Manning -- helped the Broncos finish the season with a league-record 606 points and a passing offense that was statistically the most productive in NFL history.

"I'm appreciative of the interest I've received, but I've decided to postpone any potential opportunities until after our season concludes," Gase said Monday.

He told the Denver Post that his decision came after a discussion with head coach John Fox.

"My complete focus is helping our team prepare for our divisional playoff game," Gase said.

Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, a head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, could draw interest.

Another possibility on the interview circuit could be running backs coach Eric Studesville, who was the Broncos' interim head coach late in 2010 after Josh McDaniels was fired.

Studesville has never been a pro coordinator, but his steady leadership in the wake of the chaos of the McDaniels era brought respectability back to the Broncos and helped him earn the chance to remain on staff after John Fox was hired as head coach.
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