Former NY Jets head coach Adam Gase a target of the Patriots?

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Former NY Jets head coach Adam Gase could be making his way back to the AFC East in the near future. The former Jets and Miami Dolphins coach is reportedly being considered for the New England Patriots' vacant offensive coordinator position.

NFL Network's Mike Giardi reported on Friday that Gase's name "keeps popping up when speaking to league sources" about New England's offensive coordinator job.

Giardi indicated that the Patriots are hopeful for an internal promotion, but implied that Gase is right near the top of potential external candidates.

This would be Gase's third stint with an AFC East franchise having previously served as the head coach with the Dolphins and Jets — his time with the latter as infamous as any head coach tenure in recent NFL history.

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Gase was hired ahead of the 2019 season with the Jets set to usher in a new era. The hope was that Gase would be able to maximize the potential of quarterback Sam Darnold and take a young Jets roster to the next level.

However, he won just nine games in two seasons including a disastrous 2-14 finish in 2020 that saw the Jets start the year 0-13 before somehow winning two of their final three games.

Gase hasn't coached since being fired by the Jets and has really been out of the public eye for the last year or so. He could be set to return, however, with an opening in New England.

Josh McDaniels' departure has left the Patriots without an offensive coordinator and Gase, who has some connections to Bill Belichick, could be the answer.

Both Belichick and Gase have worked closely with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the two have shared pleasantries on numerous occasions in the past.

Gase has had some success as an offensive coordinator in the past with his time with Peyton Manning in Denver serving as perhaps the pinnacle of his NFL career to this point.

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The Jets and Adam Gase just might be in for a reunion of sorts if this deal gets done.