I think looking back at Gase can help us avoid making the same mistakes going forward. I think looking at his tenure we can see that there were warning signs. #1 - Getting in over his head - I think that the first red flag should have been that a first year head coach thought that he could not only lead the team, but run the offense. This is a sure sign that maybe he didn't quite understand what he was getting into. #2 - The staff - Gase was pegged as a genius early on, and that may speak to his personal knowledge of football, but it is impossible for Gase to be everywhere at once. A solid HC is like a CEO and needs to be able to delegate to sound people. Aside from Vance, our staff looked like a college yearbook. A solid staff needs at least a few battle tested vets that can right a ship when the waters are choppy. It is far more important to see who a potential coach says they will bring on in terms of staff compared to players he would draft/free agents he would like to sign. On the surface, this may seem absurd, but a coach really can't guarantee with any degree of certainty players that he wants to be on our team will actually be on our team. At this point in the interviewing process, these guys should be putting a staff together. Discussing which each member of the staff brings to the team would be a valuable discussion. #3 - Flexibility of mind - Gase had his "guys" in both coaches and players. It became obvious that his loyalty blinded him too often. Keeping Burke as long as he did was inexplicable. Some of the guys that he brought in and his loyalty to RT did him in. You could also see that his vision of the offense never wavered. He could just never move past the vision that he created in his mind of what he wanted the offense to look like despite the inability bring this vision into fruition. In an interview, I would discuss with these candidates about times they have had to shift and alter their philosophy. I would also discuss when it is time to move on from both players and assistants. I would try and find out if these candidates are set in their ways or if they can adapt and change. #4 - You're not in Kansas anymore - Gase came from having Payton Manning when he was playing the best football of his career. To think he will ever get a player that good is foolish. Many of the coaches interviewing right are in the position that they currently are in because they have a really special player on their team. Again, the Gase arrogance is probably that he can make everyone a Payton Manning type player. I think the bigger question is, "How can you scheme around less talent?" Again, instead of focusing in on our roster which these candidates are essentially taking a crash course on, I would ask them about their rosters. For instance, if I were interviewing Eric Bieniemy, I would ask him, "If Patrick Mahomes tore his ACL in practice, how would your game plan change with Chad Henne as your QB?" If he said that Chad can make every throw Mahomes can make, and he would keep the same game plan, there wouldn't be a second interview for Bieniemy. I would really be listening to see how he understood his players, their strengths, and their weaknesses. Moreover, I would look to see how he planned on playing to strengths and minimizing the weaknesses. I think that this would be a great way to understand him as a coach. Once he familiarizes himself with our roster, he can start making those adjustments. I think using Gase as a model for seeing potential red flags could really help us going forward.