The Bears finished their trifecta of coordinators Wednesday night with the hiring of former Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who joins defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers.
Gase reunites with new Bears head coach John Fox after spending the past four seasons, two as offensive coordinator, with Fox in Denver. Gase, who turns 37 in March, previously interviewed with the Bears for their head coaching vacancy prior to the team offering the job to Fox.
Gase comes to Chicago with much to prove. Skeptics have questioned whether the Broncos’ offensive success — 4th in the NFL this past season and 1st overall during their record-setting run to a Super Bowl loss in 2013 — was more a product of Gase’s system or because the Broncos had the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Peyton Manning. At the very least, the continuity and working relationship between Fox and Gase ought to be a huge benefit to the Bears and help get their once-promising offense quickly up and running again.
An interesting side note is the mutual relationship that Gase and new Bears general manager Ryan Pace have. Gase is married to the daughter of New Orleans Saints coach Joe Vitt, whom Pace knows from his days in that organization.
Between Gase’s top offenses of the past two years and Fangio’s dominant defenses — not to mention, Fox’s overall success as a head coach — the Bears are in great position to build a strong foundation moving forward.
Now it’s on Pace and the scouting staff to find the right free agents and draft picks to give the coaches a shot at fielding a winner.