The New York Jets chose to keep Adam Gase heading into 2020. Here are 3 reasons why that’s a mistake and 3 reasons why it makes sense.
With the conclusion of the 2019 NFL season, the New York Jets have an interesting problem on their hands.
Many people in New York, including the media, have been critical of New York Jets head coach Adam Gase. While many outside of New York did not view the team as legitimate playoff contenders, that did not stop fans and reporters from putting unfair expectations on the coach to make it there at the end of the year.
After finishing 5-11 last season and firing head coach Todd Bowles, the team placed a high emphasis on finding a coach that would handle the offense in order to further develop young quarterback Sam Darnold.
The team followed and hired Adam Gase this past offseason.
While many outside of New York would be critical of the Jets firing their head coach after one season, even after a year that saw an improvement from the previous one, moving on from Gase is still in the team’s best interests.
Before diving into why firing Gase is ultimately the right move, some of the disadvantages should be evaluated first in order to see why doing this could be so controversial in the public eye:
1. Sam Darnold would be with his third head coach in three seasons.
The early stages of a young quarterback’s career are seemingly the most important, and the decision by the team to move on from another coach in the first few years could be bad news.
Sam Darnold’s development could be jeopardized if he was forced to learn yet another new offense in just his third season in the league.
2. The team ended the year red smoking hot.
Many people have pointed to the early season struggles as a reason Gase should be ousted. After dropping the first game to the Bills at home with a 16-0 lead in the second half, the team lost their next three games without Darnold and fell to 0-4 on the season. Although it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. The New York Jets were 6-2 in the second half of the season, the second hottest team in football behind the 8-0 Baltimore Ravens.
3. Firing Gase after just one season could turn off potential head-coaching candidates
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage to firing Gase after one season would be missing out on hot head coaching candidates like Urban Meyer and Lincoln Riley. After seeing the way Gase was chewed alive by members of the New York media and fired after just one season, many coaches may rule out working for the team before even meeting with the owner and general manager.
Working in New York is not for everyone, but many can agree that the way the Gase has been covered by some media outlets has been utterly disrespectful and completely unprofessional. As a result, many potential head coaches will feel that just meeting with the team may not be worth their time if Adam was thrown to the curb so quickly.