What will Adam Gase bring to the New York Jets? Here is a breakdown of three things to know about the team’s new head coach.
As you probably know by now, Adam Gase is the head coach of the New York Jets. Gase was previously the head coach of the Miami Dolphins for three seasons and despite making the playoffs in his first season, he failed to do much of anything after that.
The former Dolphin head coach is 40 years of age and will look to make the Jets a contender in the 2019 season. Although the general fan reaction has been mostly negative, there may be a few reasons for optimism.
What does the new head coach bring to the table? Here are three things to know about Gase.
1. Great recommendations
You’ve probably heard of Peyton Manning and Nick Saban, being they are two of the biggest names and some of the most successful people in football. Did you know that Saban and Peyton have both worked with Gase before?
Gase and Manning were together in Denver for three seasons. In 2012, Gase was the Broncos quarterback coach and later received a promotion to offensive coordinator, a position that he served with the Broncos for two seasons with Manning still at the helm.
During the Jets head coach search, Manning recommended Gase to the Jets. As previously reported, Manning called the Jets to put in a good word without even being asked for a reference.
Gase worked under Saban at Louisiana State University from 2000 to 2002. Before Gase was fired by the Miami Dolphins, the six-time national champion publicly stated that the Dolphins would be wise to keep Gase. It isn’t easy finding a coach who will have arguably the greatest college coach and quarterback of all time publicly vouching for him.
2. Stint in Miami
Adam Gase went 23-25 in his tenure in Miami and was recently fired after a 7-9 season. That information doesn’t look too promising, but it’s very misleading.
In his first season with the Dolphins, Gase led the team to a 10-6 record and took them to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. Before Gase’s second season, Ryan Tannehill had a season-ending injury which forced the Dolphins to find another option at quarterback.
They ended up starting Jay Cutler, who was coming out of retirement so nobody knew how ready and committed he was going to be. This season, the Dolphins went 7-9 with failed Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler starting 5 games.
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How good do the Dolphins think they really are? It would be foolish for them to expect a playoff birth with their current roster – especially with Osweiler starting for a good chunk of the season. Overall, Gase had a winning record in Miami when Tannehill started and it should reflect what he can do with the Jets.
3. He’s an offensive coach
Yes, I’m sure you know this. But, for the Jets, this is a change of pace given that before Gase, their previous six head coaches all came from defensive backgrounds.
It was crucial for the Jets to find a good offensive mind because it would help Sam Darnold develop further as a professional. Not to mention, the NFL as a whole is trending towards strong offenses.
The Jets have been waiting for this moment for what feels like a lifetime. Will the Jets prove themselves right with his hire?
Will Gase and Darnold be a good fit and together for a long time? Only time will tell, but for now, we sit and wait patiently and hope for the best.