Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.

Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.

Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.

Vikings head coach candidate: Adam Gase

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: January 10, 2014 - 9:32 AM

Coaching candidate: Adam Gase

Contact: None; Vikings can’t speak to Gase until Broncos are eliminated from playoffs or win the Super Bowl

Head coaching experience: None

NFL coaching experience: nine seasons

2005-07 – Offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach for the Lions

2008 – Offensive assistant for the 49ers

2009-present – Wide receivers/quarterbacks/offensive coordinator for the Broncos


The Vikings didn’t interview Gase last week during the Broncos playoff bye week like they did Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Will they wait until the Broncos’ season is over to interview the 35-year-old offensive coordinator?

Gase was promoted to offensive coordinator this season after four seasons as a wide receivers and quarterbacks coach in Denver. The Broncos led the NFL in total offense (457.3 ypg) and points (37.9 ppg) with quarterback Peyton Manning setting single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55).

Gase was also the quarterbacks coach in 2011 with Tim Tebow under. He went 8-5 in 13 starts (two playoff games) with five fourth-quarter comebacks.

While the Broncos were 15th in the league this season in rushing (117.1 ypg), they led the league in 2011 (164.5 ypg) with Tebow rushing for 660 yards, a team record for quarterbacks.

Gase started his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant and recruiter at LSU under head coach Nick Saban from 200-02 before jumping to the NFL with the Lions in 2005. Gase didn’t play college football but the Ypsilanti, Mich native attended Michigan State.


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Detroit 0
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NY Mets 0
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9




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