Many have been critical of the New York Jets for opting to hire Adam Gase - who was fired by the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago - as their new head coach.
In three years as head coach in South Beach, Gase compiled a record of 23-25, highlighted by a playoff berth in 2016. The offensive-minded head coach struggled to get much out of his quarterbacks, though, and some are wondering if he's the right guy to help develop young quarterback Sam Darnold.
But Jets CEO Christopher Johnson responded to the critics of the Gase hiring and explained why he stands by the decision to bring aboard the 40-year-old.
"I get it. Part of it is I have to earn their trust," Johnson said, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. "We just had a couple of down years. I have to earn their trust. I think they will see, if not right now, they'll see it pretty soon as a great hire...To me, to (GM) Mike (Maccagnan), seeing how Adam has gotten the best out of quarterbacks in different stages of their careers is vitally important, no question."
Gase was offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos from 2013-14. Together, he and Peyton Manning crafted a record-breaking 2013 campaign. The Broncos set a record with 606 points scored, while Manning threw the most touchdown passes (55), and passing yards (5,477), in a single year.
After a year as offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, Gase was handed Miami's head coaching gig. However, starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed the final three games in 2016, all of 2017 and five in 2018.
There simply wasn't much Gase could do without his starting quarterbacks, and the Jets must have taken that into account when they hired him to replace the fired Todd Bowles. Now, Gase gets the chance to work with a promising quarterback in Darnold, who did show some flashes with a limited supporting cast around him.
The Jets are clearly confident that Gase will succeed in his second go-around as an NFL head coach. New York is in rebuilding mode, but the goal is to help Darnold develop gradually into a franchise quarterback. Gase will have the chance to make sure it happens.
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Let's not forget that many were critical of the Philadelphia Eagles for hiring Doug Pederson as their new head coach in 2016. It turned out to do wonders, as he helped them win their first Super Bowl championship last year. Gase deserves at least two years to show what he can do on a flawed team before we judge the Jets' decision to hire him.