For a brief time in January 2015, Adam Gase was looking for a job. The Denver Broncos had just hired Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to replace John Fox – which meant that Gase, who had been the offensive coordinator on Fox’s staff, was a free agent.
But Gase had already drawn interest from teams. He was a finalist for the San Francisco 49ers' head-coaching vacancy that went to Jim Tomsula and was being courted by the Jacksonville Jaguars to become the offensive coordinator there.
On the night of Jan. 19, Gase flew to Baltimore to interview with Ravens coach John Harbaugh about the team's offensive coordinatior position. It was an opportunity Gase still appreciates.
“It was a great experience for me,” the 39-year-old Gase, now the Miami Dolphins' head coach, said Wednesday during a conference call with Baltimore-area reporters. “I really enjoyed being able to talk to Coach Harbaugh. It was a late night, I know that. I really appreciate the fact that he didn’t have to squeeze me in when he did. I think I got to his office at 10 o’clock at night, and we talked until 1 in the morning, and he drove me back to the hotel I was staying at.
"He really did me a favor by just not making me wait, because I was kind of getting pressured as far as making decisions on some other places. So the fact that he did that to at least give me an opportunity to come interview there, that was something I’ll always be appreciative of.”
The Ravens hired former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman to head the offense, and Gase eventually joined Fox, who was hired as head coach by the Chicago Bears. On Jan. 9, he succeeded Dan Campbell as the Dolphins' head coach.
Harbaugh told Miami reporters that he enjoyed his time with Gase.
“He came in, and I just feel like we hit it off,” Harbaugh said. “We had a great time talking football philosophy. … It would have been great to be able to bring him here, but I think we knew at the time that he was destined to be a head coach very soon, and obviously, he is doing a great job with that.”
That Gase was the hot name in head coaching circles probably would have meant a short stay for him if he had chosen the Ravens. But Gase said he does not know if that would have been the case.
“It’s hard to predict anything just because you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “You never know how healthy your team is going to be. You never know the results of anything. So it’s just one of those things. There’s no point in thinking about it.”