The San Francisco 49ers will conduct a second interview with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. The 49ers have interviewed a handful of candidates without making a final decision. Gase's return for a second interview certainly bodes well for his chances of getting the job, but with Jim Tomsula rumored to still be a strong in-house candidate, it might be a couple days before we get any kind of answer.
I would not be surprised if we soon enter that Thunderdome territory where things start to come fast and furious. Matt Maiocco reported the 49ers were traveling to meet with Gase, which seemingly would mean a flight to Denver. The 49ers would then likely travel back Tuesday night. If they are pleased with Gase, maybe that flight includes Gase coming back for an introductory press conference. Or the 49ers are not totally sold, and they travel back to Santa Clara to think on it some more. We are entering that crazy period, so who really knows what will happen.
In the meantime, Gase has some history with the 49ers. He was brought in as an offensive assistant when Mike Martz joined the 49ers as offensive coordinator back in 2008. Martz spotted Gase in Detroit when the former was serving as offensive coordinator. Gase started as a scouting assistant with Detroit in 2003 under Steve Mariucci. He worked his way up to quarterbacks coach in 2007, when Martz was around as OC. Martz touched on Gase and other offensive minds around the league in this fantastic SI.com article.
I know 49ers fans have some bad memories of Martz's time in San Francisco, but here is a picture of Martz and Gase, alongside quarterback Shaun Hill. If this had been a picture of Martz, Gase, and J.T. O'Sullivan, it might have melted down Niners Nation.
Adam Gase talking with OC Mike Martz and QB Shaun Hill back in 2008. The good ol' days! pic.twitter.com/nTyy3pQyRk— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) January 12, 2015