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New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

The Jets' coaching search didn't take them very far -- they didn't even have to leave their own division, as a matter of fact.

Adam Gase is moving from Miami to New York to take open the seat vacated by the fired Todd Bowles. It was reported that New York's first choice was Rutgers coach Matt Rhule, but Gase ends up being the guy in charge when all the dust has cleared.

Gase coached the Miami Dolphins for three seasons, finishing with a 23-25 record and one playoff berth, a loss in the wildcard round in 2016. While his offensive credentials, earned in his time as Denver's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, never really manifested themselves in a major way in Miami, it should be noted that he never had a tippy-top franchise guy under center, the way the Jets hope they have with Sam Darnold. Gase will be tasked with guiding Darnold's development through the expected Jets rebuild.

Gase is New York's first offensive-minded coach since the legendary Rich Kotite from 1995-96. He is their first coach with previous head coaching experience since Bill Parcells in 1997.

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37 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2019, 7:04am

1 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Cythammer // Jan 09, 2019 - 11:22pm

Hmm, interesting. The reports were that Mike McCarthy was only interested in the Jets job, so I guess he might not be coaching next season. It does, on the face of it, seem a little surprising a team would choose Gase over McCarthy. However, I assume they are prioritizing developing Darnold above all else and thought Gase was a better choice for that role.

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2 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by billprudden // Jan 09, 2019 - 11:37pm

I'll be interested to see if / how many Dolphin FAs follow him, as we sometimes see with popular coaches. Really weird vibes from his time in Miami, from my six states away, at least.

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3 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Jan 10, 2019 - 3:23am

This leaves two openings, in Cincy and Miami. According to the Denver Post, they both interviewed lots of guys whose teams are still in the playoffs. In Miami, they've only interviewed guys still in the playoffs. The only guy to interview in both cities (and two others besides) is Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy. Any predictions on who they'll eventually hire?

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5 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by jtr // Jan 10, 2019 - 8:24am

Bieniemy would be a seriously desperate move for either team. Just shows that both teams are out of ideas, so they've decided they need to get an Andy Reid protegee since that's so hip right now. The guy only has one year of experience as an NFL coordinator, plus a few years as a running back coach. Franchises need to stop shaking the Andy Reid tree for now, all of the ripe fruit is long gone at this point.

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8 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Jan 10, 2019 - 9:31am

We said that about Doug Pederson.

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10 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by jtr // Jan 10, 2019 - 9:50am

Pederson at least had three seasons of NFL OC experience rather than one. How much Andy Reid magic do we expect a guy to soak up in a single season as coordinator?

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13 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Pat // Jan 10, 2019 - 11:29am

Can't you see the pattern here? Pederson had 3, Nagy had 2, so the Dolphins are going to hire Bienemy (1) and Cincinnati will go and ask Reid who he's planning to replace Bienemy and hire him.

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15 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Raiderjoe // Jan 10, 2019 - 11:44am

Maybe Bengals shoudl hier E. Bieniemy. Was ther as Player. That organization seems to liek that sort of thign. if guy was "in building" at one time and liked, good choice he can come back later.

Not sure what dolphisn are doing nwo. Good move for them woudl be to hire Kris Richard. Richard ciuld be a player's coach but with a disciplinarian aspect tooo. It puts him into sort of unqiue hybrid category.

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18 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by serutan // Jan 10, 2019 - 1:24pm

OK, you win the thread.

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33 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Grendel13G // Jan 11, 2019 - 4:57pm

This made me laugh out loud.

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35 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Alternator // Jan 13, 2019 - 11:52am

Bieniemy doesn't call plays, on top of only one year as an OC.

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4 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by jtr // Jan 10, 2019 - 8:19am

These idiots in the AFC East are just going to keep reheating each others' leftovers and then wonder why they never seem to catch up with the Patriots.

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9 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Jan 10, 2019 - 9:32am

The Patriots reheated someone's leftovers.

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11 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by RickD // Jan 10, 2019 - 10:21am

To extend the metaphor, I'd say the Patriots grabbed the pot off the Jets' stove before it even started to cook.

Don't ask me how Parcells fits into this metaphor, but I do note that he famously left New England because he wasn't allowed to pick the groceries.

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12 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Jan 10, 2019 - 10:59am

They were cooking tuna salad?

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24 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by mehllageman56 // Jan 10, 2019 - 2:36pm

At least Kraft knew Belichick, and he'd been there before. Think this works out a lot like Rex Ryan in Buffalo.

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25 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Jan 10, 2019 - 2:55pm

How did I miss the Kraft joke?!

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6 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Will Allen // Jan 10, 2019 - 8:38am

I don't watch the Dolphins enough to have a strong opinion. I do know that winning half your games with dysfunctional owners and a dippy GM and qb injuries is not easy.

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14 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Raiderjoe // Jan 10, 2019 - 11:40am

Gase 23-26 think ti was 13-11 wirth Tannehill starting. i think tannehill si a low tier starter. when Gase had backups ina ction, team went 10-15 amnd this includes the playoff game.

13-11 with mediocre or bad starter (however you thinjk fo tannehill)
10-15 with backusp (although if you want to not count Cutler as backup, guess u can change this; he was late addition to teram)

whatever. point is that overall recor d he had in miami is nto that bad. To Jets, it muts look gerat. They went 14-34 in same stregch.

Bowles so zombified wtih media that he didn't even get asked hard questions. Never seen a New York manager/head coach have things so easy. Press coudl eb rough with all other Jets coaches, Rangers coaches, Knicks, the baseballt eams, all of the teams. Suppose by year 1, media knew Bowles said nothing so they just didn't go all out and push for answers. Bowles never had to explain his white flag punts.

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16 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by johonny // Jan 10, 2019 - 11:49am

Gase had problems with player relations. There was also worries about his handling of the roster. He wasn't really into coaching both sides of the ball equally. His defense sucked from day 1 until he left. But created turnovers. Oddly with huge splits between home and away. He could really benefit from landing a top defensive coordinator. His dink and dunk Miami passing game might have been a manifestation of injury and bad oline. No one really knows because he never had a great QB or great oline. To put it this way. His final record was that of a replacement level coach. Most coaches are replacement level. There are only a few GREAT coaches in any generation. Even Nick Saban, Pete Carrol, and Bill Belichick looked like replacement level coaches with bad QBs. So maybe Gase is a diamond in the rough. Maybe he's Norv Turner. But Norv won a lot of games when his teams had talent. It's a decent hire. Although if I was Gase I'd have OC'd a few years before taking another gig.

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17 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Will Allen // Jan 10, 2019 - 12:04pm

If he thinks Darnold has a good chance to be great, then taking the job is the right move.

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19 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Jan 10, 2019 - 1:24pm

Darnold potential > Tannehill known quantity

Jets ownership > Fins ownership

Seems like a step in the right direction for Gase.

Will it be an improvement for the Jets? At least Gase has some (improbable) wins against the Pats in recent memory. Got to figure that in NY wins against NE count like 2x or 3x other wins.

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21 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Jan 10, 2019 - 1:53pm

Jets ownership > Fins ownership

Really?

I don't know enough about either to be certain, but this feels like dry shit being critical of wet shit.

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22 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by johonny // Jan 10, 2019 - 2:20pm

Well, clearly he thinks they can beat the Dolphins in the short term :) But Jets seem like they're in total rebuild job year 2 so we'll see how patient they are. And that defense needs work. I don't think Gase has the chops to fix it so look to see who he brings in defensively.

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7 Re: New York Jets hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Jan 10, 2019 - 9:30am

Rutgers' coach is Chris Ash.

Matt Rhule is coach of Baylor after leaving Temple two years ago.

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20 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by nlitwinetz // Jan 10, 2019 - 1:50pm

As a Pats fan, I love this move.

Here are some of my predictions for next year:
Robby Anderson gets on Gase's nerves so he ends up being a healthy scratch for half the season.
Elijah McGuire starts to look like a game breaker with a few long electric TDs so Gase cuts his touches back to 4 a game and brings in LeGarrette Blount to churn out 3 yard gains instead.
When the media questions him, Gase blames the game situation or the defensive look for not getting his stars the ball.
The Jets pull out a 8 win season on the back of some fluky plays and for some reason everyone thinks that Gase is a genius only being held back by a bad roster.
Three years from now, Gase gets hired as the Bills head coach and we repeat the process.

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30 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Richie // Jan 10, 2019 - 8:02pm

As a Dolphins fan, that sounds about right.

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23 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by mehllageman56 // Jan 10, 2019 - 2:35pm

When I first heard this, I was like WTF? Sometimes a head coach will catch fire in his second job, the way Belichick and Carroll did, but their players didn't hate them in their first jobs. They also went the coordinator/college head coach route, whereas Gase is going straight from the mess in Miami to New York. I also feel the Dolphins had more talent than people realize; their linebackers stink, but there is talent in the secondary and the line. The offensive line was a mess, but it shouldn't have been; Tunsil was a great prospect, what happened to him? Perhaps being coached by a cocaine addict doesn't help a player's development. It's great that Peyton Manning thinks the world of Gase, but Parcells thought Ray Handley would work out instead of Belichick. The only good news about this for Jets fans is that maybe now MacCagnan will get fired after one year as well as Gase. They need a football guy like Jim Kensil or Bill Parcells to fix things now; the owners aren't bad, but they don't know what they're doing when it comes to the sport.

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26 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by serutan // Jan 10, 2019 - 3:18pm

Manning thought the world of Gase because Gase agreed to pretend to be OC, Manning agreed to pretend to just be the QB, and Gase kept his side of the bargain.

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27 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by jtr // Jan 10, 2019 - 3:59pm

Seriously, at that point in his career, Peyton needed Gase to be the football equivalent of a golf caddy, not a full-on QB coach. An endorsement from Manning just meant that Gase was a pleasant enough guy while the two were together. Nobody should be reading too much into this.

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28 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by rageon // Jan 10, 2019 - 5:02pm

It was more than an endorsement, though. Manning described him as a "genius" and "one the the smartest guys I know." Manning certainly wouldn't have said anything negative, but he also didn't need to gush about him the way he did.

Regardless, I think any concerns with Gase are more about player evaluation and relations than scheme, and we'll see if he has improved in those areas.

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29 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Cythammer // Jan 10, 2019 - 7:25pm

Offensive scheme and play design always matter, though, and just because Peyton was a veteran QB who knew a huge amount about the craft doesn't mean he designed the entire offense himself. I mean, Peyton was always good, but he was never better than in 2013 with Gase. That was one of the best QB seasons ever, and it came from a guy who was 38 years old. Gase also coached Cutler in 2015 when he had what was (I believe, maybe I'm misremembering) one of his best post-Denver seasons and got slightly more out of Tannehill than anyone else has, though he only had Tannehill for 24 games.

All of that is to say that Gase does probably know how to run an offense. Whether he has any idea what to do on defense, or whether he can manage the locker room effectively is another matter.

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31 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Richie // Jan 10, 2019 - 8:06pm

Manning's best season was probably 2004. 2013 had the bigger counting stats, but he also threw 160 more times! He had 6 extra TD passes and 920 extra yards in those 160 passes.

Not that that changes your point. He was still very good in 2013.

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32 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by MC2 // Jan 10, 2019 - 8:29pm

I'm not disputing your overall point, but with regard to Tannehill, his best season was pre-Gase, in 2014, at least according to FO's numbers. That year, Tannehill finished just outside the Top 10 in DYAR. In every other year of his career*, he's finished somewhere in the 20s (usually in the bottom half of the 20s).

*Well, every full year. This year he finished 31st, but that was in half a season. (Although he had negative DYAR, so he might have finished even lower if he had played an entire season.)

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34 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by theslothook // Jan 11, 2019 - 7:14pm

Its complicated.

Manning has been great with a slew of different coordinators. I followed the Broncos very closely that season. Gase was instrumental in using the same route concepts but disguising them through different formations and looks. They were important wrinkles he convinced Manning would be worthy additions, not just unneeded complexity.

Give Credit to Gase, but I think that type of skill is better suited when you have a talent already at qb. Maybe in that respect, he'd have been a better hire in Green Bay, although I don't think Rodgers is a Manning type of qb so maybe not.

Either way, I think Gase did a admirable job in Miami in terms of just on the field coaching. Say what you will about the results, I'm not convinced the Dolphins are any good and they are forestalling a massive rebuild a la Buffalo.

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36 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by Duff Soviet Union // Jan 15, 2019 - 4:37am

Seriously, what is the appeal of this guy?

He held a tablet while the arguable GOAT ran the offense from the line of scrimmage, got outscored by 243 points in three years while getting Ryan Tannehill performances out of Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler performances out of Jay Cutler and alienated players and management in the process. Wow, awesome.

Compare him to say, Jim Caldwell, who won a Super Bowl as an OC getting Joe Montana performances out of Joe Flacco then went 36-28 with two playoff appearances in 4 years for a historically bad franchise that collapsed when they replaced with the latest moldy branch of the Bellichick coaching tree while not apparently pissing anyone off.

God forbid anyone point out what could possibly explain the way both these guys are perceived.

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37 Re: New York Jets Hire Adam Gase to Coach

by BJR // Jan 16, 2019 - 7:04am

This does feel like something of a zero-sum situation, where either the Dolphins have made a mistake by firing Gase, or the Jets made a mistake hiring him. We'll see.

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