As the New York Jets look to round out their coaching staff for the upcoming season, they should consider adding this future Hall of Famer.
While the NFL playoffs are still underway, for the New York Jets, the offseason has been going on for a while.
Jets management recently made their first big move of the offseason announcing that Adam Gase has been hired as the new head coach. While it was not the most exciting hire, or the one this particular writer wanted, there are reasons for the fan base to be hopeful.
Gase has prior head coaching experience and significant experience working with offenses and quarterbacks. This stands in stark contrast to many of the Jets recent head coaches who had defensive backgrounds and limited (if any) head coaching experience. If what you’ve been trying isn’t working, it may be time to try something new.
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The Gase hire also admittedly comes with some concerns, most notably how Gase’s abrasive personality will interact with the Jets organization and the New York media.
But the purpose of this particular article is to be hopeful, so let’s be optimistic. Gase’s experience and no-nonsense style may be exactly what is needed to turn the Jets around. And there is another potential advantage to the Gase hire.
Gase was the Broncos offensive coordinator in 2013 when Peyton Manning threw a career-best 55 touchdown passes. The future Hall of Fame quarterback has raved about Gase’s coaching ability, even calling him “the smartest guy I know.” Manning even reportedly called the Jets to recommend Gase for the head coaching job.
The Jets No. 1 priority for 2019 and beyond should be to help Sam Darnold develop into a star quarterback. Who would be better able to help Darnold improve as a quarterback than Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time? When you factor in that Gase has a great working relationship with Manning, the pairing of the two on the Jets coaching staff seems like a no-brainer.
The Jets should let Gase play the primary role in developing their offense, and bring in Manning (either as the offensive coordinator or the quarterbacks coach) to provide extra guidance for Darnold.
Perhaps with that winning combination, the organization could improve upon last year’s pitiful 23rd ranked scoring offense.