MIAMI — Adam Gase wanted to be the next head coach of the Denver Broncos. John Elway wanted his old buddy. Gase didn’t get the gig. Elway got a ring.

On Sunday, now in the head coach’s seat he longed for, the former Broncos offensive coordinator finally got a chance for a counter punch, and he took that chance. Boy, did he take that chance.

With a whopping 24-point lead in the fourth quarter and his foot hovering the Broncos’ neck, Gase put out the call for an onside kick. The Dolphins recovered, and the proverbial foot was firmly pressed down.

“He’s trying to embarrass us,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said of the play. “I mean, that’s what it is. He might be upset playing against his former team. I don’t know if he had any bad blood, but apparently, there’s some bad blood. It looked like he was trying to embarrass us.”

Unfortunately for the Orange & Blue, the man they call “Goose” succeeded. Against a team on a five-game losing streak, the Broncos got embarrassed.

“That’s his choice,” head coach Vance Joseph said. “I tried one also. That’s his choice.”

Gase’s choice was to put his former defensive coordinator on blast for his own personal beef. That blood must be pretty bad.

In the end, the play didn’t directly hurt the Broncos, although the ensuing punt resulted in Isaiah McKenzie’s latest blunder, an egregious return that resulted in a fumble and a safety. But it didn’t matter; the message was sent.

“He’s a shark in the water, if he sees blood he’s gonna try to kill it. That’s what he tried to do,” running back C.J. Anderson said. “That’s Goose, that’s Goose. I love Goose man. That’s Goose, though.”

It was in the aftermath of Gase’s last game as a member of the Denver Broncos coaching staff that John Elway debuted his famous unleashed his famous quote, “Two years in a row, it didn’t feel like we went out kicking and screaming.” Unfortunately for Elway, his Broncos are already way out, and they aren’t kicking and screaming in any sense of the phrase.

Ryan Koenigsberg

In 2012, at the age of 20, Ryan became a credentialed reporter covering University of Colorado Athletics. . . despite wearing a wolf-tee to his interview.
A native of Boulder and a graduate of the university, he attended his 100th-consecutive Colorado Football home game in 2015.
Later in 2015, Ryan began spearheading the Broncos coverage here at BSN Denver, riding that wave all the way to San Francisco, where he covered his first Super Bowl.
Now 24, it seems ‘RK’ is trying to make up for that whole wolf-tee thing by overdressing at every event. He apologizes in advance for any cringe-worthy puns.

  • I frankly have a hard time blaming Gase. He wasn’t treated well by Elway. There’s also the fact that the Broncos had the chance to recover the onside kick and start a drive with good field position. Even if a team doesn’t expect an onside kick the odds are 60% in their favor of recovering it.