NEWARK, N.J. -- Billed as the Denver Broncos' top-rated offense against the top-ranked defense of the Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII pits Dan Quinn and Adam Gase in a matchup of coveted coordinators.

Gase, the Broncos' 36-year-old offensive coordinator, pulled out of consideration to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns in the days after Denver sealed up the AFC's top playoff spot, setting the NFL single-season scoring record and numerous other marks in the process.

"It was not the right time for me to move on," said Gase, who is a year younger than Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the 16-year veteran who set NHL records this season by throwing 55 touchdown passes amassing 5,477 yards through the air.

"With what's going on right now, it was just the right move for me. I appreciated Mr. (Jimmy) Haslam for giving me an opportunity to interview (with the Browns) if that would have came about," Gase said. "I just thought it the fair thing to do was to focus on this game for our team and let them move on with their search."

Gase said he will not regret his decision if another opportunity to be a head coach never comes along. The likelihood of that seems minute.

There are NFL executives who view Gase as a prodigy in the mold of a young Jon Gruden. As a high schooler, Gase had a high school coach recognize his analytical mind. He worked in personnel with the Detroit Lions before accepting Steve Mariucci's offer to work closely with running backs coach Tom Rathman. It was then Gase realized coaching was for him. In between, Gase credits good fortune and better people for lighting his career path.

"A little bit of luck," he said. "A little bit of meeting the right people at the right time. I was fortunate enough to go to Michigan State, and as a student assistant worked for Nick Saban. Then right when I graduated, he went to LSU, and I was able to follow him as a graduate assistant. Then just lucky enough to have a scout coming in from Detroit, asking me if I wanted to get back home.

"Going to intern for him for six months, and it turned to five years. Meeting a guy like Mike Martz, and him grabbing me from Detroit, and tagged along with him to San Francisco. Then lucky enough to meet Josh McDaniels when I was 21 years old, and he became a head coach nine years later."

Quinn's time is coming, too.

The Seahawks' defensive coordinator was in the running for head-coaching openings with the Minnesota Vikings and the Browns, but Seattle's Super Bowl run bumped him from consideration. Quinn's resume includes serving as the University of Florida's defensive coordinator in 2011 and '12 after a two-year stint -- one with Jim Mora and in 2010 when Pete Carroll was hired -- with the Seahawks as defensive line coach.

"We're a developmental staff, which means, in essence, we try to take the players as far as they can. Really, as a head coach, he does that with us," Quinn said of Carroll. "And so, it's one of the things that's most fun about coaching with him is he's constantly challenging us to see where we can go to, and in turn, we're trying to do that with our players."

Quinn became an NFL assistant coach in 2001 with the San Francisco 49ers and was defensive line coach of the Miami Dolphins (2005-06) and New York Jets (2007-08). He began his coaching career in 1994 at William & Mary, when a standout wide receiver named Mike Tomlin played for the Tribe. Tomlin became the Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach and the youngest Super Bowl-winning coach in history.

For the moment, Quinn is content biding his time in Seattle.

"No regrets," he said.

--One matchup within the matchup in Sunday's game that is getting plenty of run is Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Manning. Sherman led the NFL in interceptions, and Gase said studying film on Seattle's defense showed him why.

"He's never behind, he's running routes for receivers," Gase said, "beating them to the spot."

Quinn said the cerebral side gives Sherman an edge over many opponents. Seattle relied on his recall many times this season and will again in Super Bowl XLVIII.

"There's a number of things that make him so unique, but he's got extreme recall: formations, plays, information from this game, last season, last week, and he can recall it fast," Quinn said. "When we were getting ready to play Carolina in the opener and he said, 'Last year this, this, this' and so it was without even getting into the game plan that week he had some formations and some alerts he remembered already.

"So, I think the mental quickness for him when he sees information, he can transfer it so quickly. Almost like a quarterback that has that kind of quickness, he has that at corner."

--Few things invite debate during Super Bowl week more than Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy.

Defensive tackle Warren Sapp was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, and Michael Strahan is among the favorites to join him when this year's class is voted upon Saturday.

If Sapp had any say, Strahan would continue waiting.

"I don't think his resume stacks up when you put Tony Dungy, Walter Jones, Marvin Harrison and Derrick Brooks up," Sapp said Tuesday during a brunch featuring NFL Network analysts at Prudential Center. "Those are four first-ballot Hall of Famers."

Sapp said in comparing Strahan to Brooks and Sapp himself, who are among six players (according to Sapp) with seven consecutive Pro Bowls, a Defensive Player of the Year and a Super Bowl championship, "He doesn't have that resume."

Strahan and Sapp have a history dating at least to 2002, the summer after Strahan set the single-season sack record at 22.5 on what appeared to be a dive by Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Sapp called the record a "travesty." Strahan called Sapp "a jackass."