Despite early waves of criticism, New York Jets fans seemed to have warmed up to the idea of Adam Gase as the team’s head coach, at least slightly.
He was never going to be the most popular hire nor was he ever the most desired, but Adam Gase is officially the new head coach of the New York Jets.
The hire was unpopular within the Jets community, to say the least. There were different schools of thought among Jets fans with some preferring the experience and winning pedigree of someone like Mike McCarthy. Others wanted the team to hire a younger more innovative college mind such as Matt Rhule or even Kliff Kingsbury.
When the dust settled, however, Gase was the only one left standing and Jets fans seemed to mutually dislike the hire together. That was at least their initial reaction.
We recently ran a poll on The Jet Press’ Twitter account to see how fans felt about the Gase hire and the results may surprise you.
Hey #Jets fans! What’s your final take on the Adam Gase hire?
— The Jet Press (@TheJetPress) January 12, 2019
A surprising 32% of the 605 people that voted claimed to have loved the hire while 59% of responders responded with an unenthused “meh.” In contrast, just 9% of those who voted claimed that they hated the hire which is shocking considering the initial backlash.
Now, this isn’t a scientific study of the opinions of Jets fans. Far from it. But it does paint an interesting picture of the opinions of a select portion of the Jets online community.
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If this poll was sent out the day of the hire, the results would have likely been very different, and not in favor of Gase. At the very least, it appears that Jets fans have taken a more “wait and see” approach to things in regards to their new coach.
After all, there are no guarantees when it comes to hiring a coaching staff. Some hires that may look like duds at the time turn out to be great pickups – see Doug Pederson with the Philadelphia Eagles. That same article ranked Hue Jackson with the Browns and Chip Kelly with the 49ers as the top two hires of the offseason.
It’s nearly impossible to predict these things.
Was Gase the most exciting hire? No. Was he the most desired? Absolutely not. But when all is set and done, will he be successful with the Jets?
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.