The New York Jets are expected to hire Adam Gase as their new head coach, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington.
Jets expected to hire HC Adam Gase, per me and @JeffDarlington.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2019
New York contacted Gase following his firing by the Miami Dolphins last week, and the team preferred "a coach with a background in developing quarterbacks," according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.
Gase was fired by the Dolphins after a 7-9 season, compiling a 23-25 record over his three years there. But given the lack of offensive talent - coupled with plenty of injuries to starting quarterback - Ryan Tannehill - Gase actually got more out of a flawed roster than most could have expected.
For example, Gase got Miami to the playoffs in 2016 (they had a 10-6 record), despite losing Tannehill for the final three games of the season. Miami finished a respectable 7-9 and stayed in the playoff race in 2018, despite a lack of talent and a handful of injuries to its key players.
The Jets fired Todd Bowles after four frustrating seasons, which featured three straight losing seasons. Though former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was interviewed by the Jets, they opted not to hire the former Super Bowl champion.
Gase now has the task of getting the most out of young quarterback Sam Darnold, who made plenty of mistakes but also displayed plenty of promise during his rookie season. There aren't many playmakers to help Darnold out, so Gase and the front office must go to work in changing that.
The 40-year-old Gase was offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2013 and '14, working alongside the legendary Peyton Manning. Gase has the brilliant offensive mind to help the Jets, who haven't made the playoffs in eight years now.
What This Means
Gase's hiring will come as a surprise to some, but his offensive genius and time in Denver speaks for itself. The Jets are fully confident that the's the man who can help this team turn a corner, and the pieces are in place for Gase to make that happen.