The new offensive coordinator is Rick Dennison, who took over this season following the departure of Adam Gase, who spent the 2015 with the Chicago Bears and then became in January the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Even though Gase is gone, Denver’s offensive players haven’t forgotten his contributions during his time as an assistant coach with the Broncos and the consensus among them is the Dolphins got themselves one impressive coach.
“I was happy for Goose,” running back C.J. Anderson said. “I texted Goose immediately and told him congratulations. They’re in great hands over there. That’s one thing I know about Goose, they’re in great hands. He’s going to go in and work hard. He’s going to put a plan together, put a roster together and Miami will be fine.”
Gase — his nickname goes back to his high school days — spent six seasons as an assistant in Denver, starting in 2009, two each as wide receivers coach, two as quarterbacks coach and two as offensive coordinator.
“I loved him as a coach,” said Clady, who spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve because of a torn ACL. “I’ve seen him grow as a coach from a wide receivers coach to now a head coach. He’s definitely one of the young, up-and-coming great coaches, offensive minds in this league right now. I’m excited for him.
“I think he’ll be successful, for sure. I think he’s got a good shot at winning a lot of games in the next coming years, especially if you guys (Dolphins) do well in the draft as well.”
Quarterback Brock Osweiler arrived in Denver as a second-round pick in 2012, the same year the Broncos signed Peyton Manning as a free agent.
It coincided with Gase’s promotion from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator at the age of 34.
Less than four years later, Gase became the youngest head coach in the NFL.
“I think Coach Gase is one of the most brilliant minds in football,” Osweiler said. “Having him be the head coach of the Miami Dolphins now does not come to me as a surprise at all.
“I love Coach Gase. He’s a tremendous coach and he’s a tremendous person. I’m sure he’ll do great things down there in Miami.”
Like Osweiler, Anderson said he wasn’t surprised Gase became a head coach despite being only 37 — he will turn 38 on March 29.
“The football mind that he had when he was here, a lot of people think it’s Peyton, but the football mind that he had when he was here was just tremendous,” Anderson said. “I mean, I learned so much my rookie year from him and the fact that I’ve still got the relationship where I can talk to him even, it’s amazing.”
When it comes to coaching style, Clady says Gase is more about style than substance.
“He’s kind of even-keeled,” Clady said. “He’s not a big yeller or whatnot. I think he’s hard on his other coaches to be hard on the players. That’s kind of his philosophy or whatnot. I think it works well. I will always love him as an offensive coordinator; I think he does a great job.”