After replacing the defensive-minded Rex Ryan with the defensive-minded Todd Bowles, it appears that the Jets are going to take a different route with their next head coach. According to what sources have told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington, they are going to go with former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
During his time with the Dolphins, Gase did not compile an impressive record going 23-25 over three seasons. It likely didn’t have too much to do with the fact that Gase’s Dolphins dominated the Jets winning five of six games.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2019
No, the deciding factor was likely his background regarding developing quarterbacks. He started making a name for himself when he served as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. After helping Peyton Manning have one of his best seasons in 2013, he stayed on for another year before leaving to join John Fox in Chicago.
It was in the Windy City that he did his most impressive work—guiding Jay Cutler to the highest QB rating of his career (92.3).
It was an exhaustive process that included countless discussions, but I’m told Jets CEO Christopher Johnson took a phone call on Tuesday night from an especially impressive reference who advocated for Adam Gase:
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 10, 2019
With 21-year old Sam Darnold in place as the team’s starting quarterback, the Jets could use someone with a successful track record working with and developing quarterbacks. Peyton Manning was already pretty well developed, but he did wonders with Jay Cuter and had Ryan Tannehill looking good at times (when he was healthy enough to play).
When he was hired in Miami, many believed that the Dolphins were getting one of the brightest up-and-coming offensive minds in the game. While Tannehill’s injury history (he only played in 24 of 48 games for Gase) didn’t help matters, the Dolphins never came close to becoming an offensive powerhouse.
There is some talent on the roster, but Gase is going to need the front office to fill some roster holes if he is going to turn the team around. But with the third pick in the draft and upwards of $100 million in salary cap space, the Jets could make some noise next season.
That is, assuming they make the right moves.
Todd Bowles has already gotten another job. He will be the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season.