The New York Jets’ hiring of Adam Gase as head coach never made much sense.
With the Miami Dolphins, Gase’s teams were defined by bad offense, mostly losing games and player gripes about him. Yet, the Jets hired him right after the Dolphins fired him.
To say it didn’t turn out well would be grossly understated. Gase’s tenure with the Jets was a total failure, and New York finally ended it when it fired Gase at the end of his second season on Sunday night with the team following the Jets’ 28-14 loss to the New England Patriots.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) January 4, 2021
The only good news for the Jets is that their next hire can’t be much worse.
Adam Gase got off to a bad start
Gase’s time with the Jets started ominously. That doesn’t count the infamous viral clip of Gase’s bug-eyed news conference.
Shortly after he was hired, there were reports that he was unhappy the team signed free-agent running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley. There was the odd story about Gase positioning his chair at the 2019 draft out of view of the draft room camera because he was upset about his role in draft planning. Jets ownership sided with Gase in the power struggle with then-general manager Mike Maccagnan, suddenly firing Maccagnan last offseason.
The Jets started last season 1-7. They rallied to finish 7-9, but none of that momentum carried over.
New York traded star safety Jamal Adams before this season. Then they cut Bell, arguably their most talented player but one who was misused by Gase, before Week 6.
it was clear in September that the Jets were a horrendous team. Gase’s offense was bad again. The defense couldn’t stop anyone. The Jets were once 0-13 in 2020. They won two straight but that was perhaps even worse news because it knocked them out of the first pick of the draft and a chance to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
That means nothing good comes out of Gase’s time with the Jets.
Jets job won’t be attractive
Gase’s track record as a coach looked worse when players like Ryan Tannehill, Kenyan Drake, Robby Anderson and DeVante Parker had their careers take off once they were away from him. It didn’t help when Bell was poorly used and quarterback Sam Darnold failed to develop.
The Jets won’t have much to offer any candidate, though the second pick and a new quarterback like Ohio State’s Justin Fields or BYU’s Zach Wilson will be a selling point. The Jets have very little young talent and a history of losing. On top of that, their ownership is poor and they play in a tough market that doesn’t have much patience. And patience will be needed as the Jets rebuild yet again.
It’s hard to come up with a positive from the Gase era with the Jets, other than that it’s finally over.
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