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New York Jets: Adam Gase, Sam Darnold relationship starting to fracture

By Paul A. Esden Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 24: New York Jets head coach Adam Gase talks to Sam Darnold #14 and David Fales #3 during the second quarter of their game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 24: New York Jets head coach Adam Gase talks to Sam Darnold #14 and David Fales #3 during the second quarter of their game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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Things could be falling apart between New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and Adam Gase. Here are all the details and what it could mean for the future.

The New York Jets dark season continued on the road vs the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night with the team being dismantled 42-21.

Despite the 5-9 record on the season, the light at the end of the tunnel was and always has been Sam Darnold.

His development and progressions through this season were vital, regardless of the team’s record. On Thursday night we may have started to witness the first public cracks in the relationship between Darnold and New York Jets head coach Adam Gase.

During the television broadcast, Darnold and Gase were seen bickering at each other late in the game. So what’s the big deal?

Coaches and players throughout football history have yapped at each other during games, although the facial reaction from Jets backup quarterback David Fales is a picture that is worth a thousand words.

Sam Darnold, the nicest human on planet earth, is done with Adam Gase pic.twitter.com/jU6oGa9RAz

— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) December 13, 2019

Adam Gase’s job is safe through 2020 if you believe acting owner Christopher Johnson. Although there’s an exception to everything.

One of the main reasons Johnson came out with the vote of confidence halfway through the 2019 season is because he felt confident that the relationship between Darnold and Gase was good and trending upward.

“I want to assure you there will be no changes in coaches here,” Johnson said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “Adam has the trust of this team. He has the trust of Sam. He has Joe’s trust. He has my trust. He’s a good man. He’s a good coach.”

If that suddenly changes, Gase’s job should be in jeopardy.

The only possible saving grace of this horrid season is Sam’s arrow hopefully pointing up with things to build on in 2020.

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Darnold is only 22 years old and his book hasn’t been written yet. While Adam Gase is 28-34 in his fourth year as a head coach, perhaps we already know what he is … a substandard head coach.

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