The Cleveland Browns still want a chance to hire the guy who just made the call that converted a third-and-17 play.

"Great play call by Adam," said Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. "Really was a great play call."

Can the Browns afford to wait one to three more weeks for Adam Gase? Apparently, the Browns are willing. According to two NFL sources, the Browns are waiting on the first-year Denver offensive coordinator to become available for an interview before they hire a head coach. The Cleveland Plain Dealer also reported Monday that Gase could be the Browns' top target.

Gase already has told the Browns and Minnesota Vikings that he doesn't want to interview until Denver's season is completed. Both teams have yet to hire a head coach, even though their offseasons have entered Week 3.

The Broncos host the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday. If the Broncos win, they would play in Super Bowl XLVIII at the Meadowlands on Feb. 2, so Gase wouldn't be available to interview until Feb. 3 at the earliest.

It's expected Gase would go through the interview process at that time — but not before then.

Ordinarily, Manning's coaches don't get much credit as offensive gurus because the general feeling is Manning is a coachlike quarterback.