Misery in the Meadowlands: The Truth About Adam Gase

In recent years, the New York Jets have had multiple coaches. From Rex Ryan to Adam Gase, Gang Green hasn’t found a long term head coach for the franchise. Gase came to prominence as the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2013, where he witnessed the great Peyton Manning throw for 55 touchdowns, an NFL record. Since then, Gase has bounced around the NFL on multiple teams. After being the Chicago Bears‘ offensive coordinator in 2015, he became the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2016-2018. While in Miami, Gase led the Dolphins to a playoff spot in 2016 but went 6-10 and 7-9 in the next two seasons, costing him his job. Gase is currently in his second season as head coach of the Jets and currently trying to develop young quarterback Sam Darnold.

Offensive Minded Coach!?

During their search for a head coach in 2019, the Jets needed somebody to help develop quarterback Sam Darnold, who showed plenty of promise in 2018 under Todd Bowles. However, there were not many coaches with a brilliant offensive mind. Thanks to an endorsement phone call from Peyton Manning, the Jets decided to hire Adam Gase. Ultimately, the team passed on coaches like Mike McCarthy, Kliff Kingsbury, and Matt Rhule.

In his first season, the Jets offense hoped to take massive strides after a rough 2018. While they supposedly had found an offensive-minded coach in Gase, they finished 31st in rushing and worst in total offense. Also, Sam Darnold failed to take the next step and the Jets missed the playoffs at 7-9. Despite the lack of playmakers, many people thought Adam Gase would use star running back Le’Veon Bell effectively. However, he was severely misused and had a career-worst season, averaging a woeful 3.2 yards per carry. Gase’s offense was too predictable in 2019. The typical second and long halfback dives to Bell and the third-down bubble screens. Adam Gase never committed to being creative with the offensive playbook. For Gase, there is no such thing as halftime adjustments.

 How Long Will Adam Gase Last?

This upcoming Sunday, Gang Green will travel to play the Indianapolis Colts to try and salvage their first victory in 2020 and avoid falling to 0-3. If the Jets lose, many will wonder when will Gase finally be fired. After the Week 3 matchup, the Jets travel back to Metlife Stadium to host an injury-riddled Denver Broncos team on Thursday Night Football. Since Denver is without their starting quarterback and number one receiver, this should be a winnable game for Gang Green. Personally, I believe Adam Gase will be fired if this team loses on primetime. In the meantime, it is fair to assume that defensive coordinator Gregg Willams would be the interim coach.

Final Assessment:

It is safe to say that firing Adam Gase would benefit this Jets team. Although some other coaching candidates may have less experience, Sam Darnold needs a true play caller to help him grow and shake off mistakes. Former players such as Jamal Adams, Jarvis Landry, and Kenyan Drake have raised their frustrations about Gase and his locker room behavior.

With Gase, there are always excuses and cover-ups for his mistakes. He hasn’t taken the blame for his lack of halftime adjustments and terrible playcalling. From his perspective, it’s the players’ fault for not executing the gameplan.

The lack of accountability on Gase’s part is a major reason the Jets should consider firing him. He’s clearly not a leader if he doesn’t admit his own mistakes.

 

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