Jets News

Former NY Jets HC Adam Gase named one of the worst hires of the 2000s

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, Adam Gase
NY Jets, Adam Gase / Michael Reaves/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit

The NY Jets have another inclusion on a particularly notorious list of the past decade: ex-head coach Adam Gase.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report recently ranked the league's worst hires of the 2000s, and Gase landed in the dishonorable mention category.

He joins others like Raiders' Jon Gruden and Lions' Rod Marinelli as one of the worst hires in recent history, but Gase doesn't make the top-five (or more aptly, worst-five) because his coaching tenure in New York wasn't a "franchise-derailing moment."

We may beg to differ.

Gase had brief stints in Miami and Denver before being hired by the Jets, which Roling points out was a "perplexing" move on New York's part. In Gase's three seasons in Miami, he only went 23-25, where he was most known for his rather stubborn coaching style.

Gase's primary job in New York was to develop Sam Darnold, and not only did he fail that objective, but he failed in almost every regard as a head coach.

Ex-NY Jets head coach Adam Gase will go down as a notoriously terrible hire by the franchise

In 2019, the Jets finished 7-9 and in 2020, the Jets recorded a franchise-worst 0-13 start.

In the latter historically bad season, Gase gave up play-calling duties midseason and fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. The team would go on to finish 2-14, but in getting the Jets two measly wins, Gase changed the franchise's future forever.

Gase's two wins at the end of the 2020 season prevented New York from earning the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Instead, the Jacksonville Jaguars snatched up quarterback sensation Trevor Lawrence, the Jets got Zach Wilson, and the rest is history still being made.

Wilson hasn't been a complete disappointment so far, but still — New York could have had Lawrence, who is dealing with his own rookie struggles at the moment.

The coaching ineptitude of Gase got him fired, finally, in 2021. Robert Saleh replaced him to hopefully start a new, brighter Jets era, but Gase's notoriously bad play-calling will always be remembered.

There's a reason quarterbacks tend to trend upward after Gase leaves: Sam Darnold (for a brief stretch in 2021, at least) and Ryan Tannehill come to mind.

Next. NY Jets make superstar additions in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft. dark

Leaguewide, Gase may not be the absolute worst hire of the past 20 years, but he's up there. And he's down there in Jets' hell, where fans hope to never see or hear from him again.

facebooktwitterreddit