“I go back on the tour bus and she’s plugged in,” Gase said. “She starts playing. She goes, ‘You play at all?’ I go, ‘A little bit.’
“A little nervousness is coming over me, like, ‘Please don’t ask me to play. Please don’t ask me to play.’
“She goes, ‘Well, hey, let’s plug in.’ “We start messing around a little bit, as far as trying to jam a little bit.”
Gase learned how to play the guitar back during his days as an assistant coach with the Denver Broncos. Although he hasn’t joined a band during his time away from football, he held his own during his brief jam session with Etheridge.
“I think I was all right,” he said. “I survived.”
Rocking out with an award-winning musician is an excellent early offseason activity, but the NFL Combine is on the way, and you can expect Gase to shift his attention as he prepares for his first season as an NFL head coach.
Gase earned a reputation as a quarterback guru after coaching a later-career Peyton Manning during a 55-touchdown 2013 campaign and helping Jay Cutler drastically cut down his turnovers in 2015. Ryan Tannehill is his next subject.