Today marks a special day on the New York Jets calendar regarding head coach Adam Gase. Here are the details and why the future looks bright.
Come one, come all, it’s time to celebrate Adam Gase Day!
Believe it or not exactly a year ago today the New York Jets decided to make Gase the 19th head coach in franchise history!
To be candid, when the Gase hire became official Gang Green fans wanted to riot. The team hired a reject from the Miami Dolphins who had a propensity to lose and somehow the New York Jets portrayed him as a Peyton Manning whisperer who could unlock Sam Darnold’s true potential.
Year No. 1? No dice.
Darnold showed an alarming amount of inconsistency, was plagued by ghosts, a bout with mononucleosis, and an array of nagging injuries to his thumb, knee, and ribs.
On top of that, the team was terrible (7-9) and missed the postseason for the ninth consecutive year to close out the decade.
Everyone wants to see former USC quarterback Sam Darnold put it all together, but they don’t stop for a moment to think what has to happen to make it possible.
FUN FACT: did you know that 2020 will be the first year in Sam Darnold’s young career that he’ll be working under the same system?
When Sam was drafted he was with head coach Todd Bowles learning his offensive concepts, then the team cleaned house. Last year Adam Gase and company arrived and had an underwhelming 7-9 campaign marred by inconsistency.
Before the season was even over Jets fans everywhere wanted the front office to clean house once again. That would’ve been the third different regime in as many years for the Jets’ young franchise quarterback.
For years New York Jets fans begged for a franchise quarterback and they finally got one a few years ago in Sam Darnold. Now that the team finally has someone to build around for the future they can’t develop him properly?
It’s the most Jets thing ever.
Although fortunately, ownership decided to stick with Adam Gase heading into 2020.
That means Darnold will be able to refine things heading into the new season instead of learning another new system. That fact alone should lead to some progress, chemistry, and development for Darnold next season.
Although stability for the sake of stability is not necessarily a good thing.
It’s up to the New York Jets this offseason to fill in the pieces: add some free agents (team has over $60 million in cap space and can create more), eight selections in the 2020 NFL Draft, and Adam Gase has to look at himself in the mirror and try to improve his playcalling and get on the same page with his quarterback Sam Darnold.