By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Journalists — and fans — have been questioning Adam Gase’s capabilities to be the New York Jets head coach for the past two seasons. It all started when he had an introductory press conference when he looked like he was high and did not know what was going on.
In one-plus seasons with the team, the Jets have been a disaster under his leadership. In fact, the team has been a hot mess.
He has guided the team to an 0-4 mark. The loss dropped the Jets to 0-4 to begin the season for consecutive seasons.
“It’s something, I can’t focus on that,” Gase said Tuesday. “It’s wasted energy for me. It’s not going to help me at all. All I can do is make sure I get our guys in the right head space to go out there on Thursday and play well.
“I just don’t respond to any of it. If somebody tries to tell me something, I’m like, it doesn’t help me. It doesn’t do anything for me.”
The Denver Broncos picked up their first win of the season on Thursday Night Football. The Broncos won 37-28 over the Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
There’s already been a lot of speculation that Gase’s tenure is in trouble — and this loss makes it even worse.
“It’s nothing I’m worried about,” Quarterback Sam Darnold said after the game. “Obviously, I love Adam, but it’s not my decision to make.
Darnold had a season-high 230 passing yards against the Broncos. Before this 230-yard performance, he had back-to-back less than 200-yardage games.
He was out played by a second-year quarterback Brett Rypien, who was making his NFL debut. The nephew of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien had 242 yards, while throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Gase is now 30-38 as an NFL head coach. However, if you remove his rookie season as a head coach, where he went 10-6 with the Miami Dolphins in 2016, he is just 20-32.
He is just 7-13 as the Jets head coach. The current thinking may not be to fire Gase, but following Thursday’s loss, things may have changed. Gase could potentially be fired in the near future.
The Jets may not win a game before their Bye Week in Week 11.
The team has been outscored 131-65 in the first four games. They were outscored 94-37 in the first three games.
Jets GM Joe Douglas did not hire Gase. But he has to take some blame for the team’s struggles, too, because he has hired many of the team’s players.
Former GM Mike Maccagnan also has partial blame for the lackluster performances by the Jets. Some of the players, who are on the current roster, also come from his decisions, as well.
In addition, he was the one, who made the decision to hire Gase almost immediately after being fired by the Dolphins. He was hired by the Jets two weeks after losing the Dolphins job.
Sure, making a coaching change, it may hurt the development of Darnold – who has struggled over the past three seasons. Than again, things can only go up since the former quarterback guru hasn’t worked his magic with the former Top 5 pick.
Darnold has only had four games in 29 NFL games, where he passed for more than 300 yards. In 2018, he had 334 yards against the Dolphins, before having 341 against Green Bay Packers.
In 2019, he had 338 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. And, he also had 315 yards against the Oakland Raiders.
However, while he has four games with over 300 yards, he has had 13 games, where he did not surpass 200 yards in a game. Six of these games were under Gase’s tutelage.
Darnold also had a career-low 86 yards in a 33-0 loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 21, 2019. Yes, that game was under Gase.
Gregg Williams – who would likely be the interim head coach when Gase is fired – has previous head coaching experience. The Jets Defensive Coordinator previously served as a head coach with the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns.
He was the Browns interim head coach in 2018 and guided the team to a 5-3 mark.
When he was named interim head coach, he nearly guided the Browns to the playoffs. They were in playoff contention late in the season.
“I never like to lose,” Williams said. “It’s always about winning. That’s all of us. It’s not only me. Nobody likes to come in second place.”
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