If Adam Gase’s time in New York is nearing an end, the implosion is happening as expected.
Save for rookie offensive lineman Mekhi Becton, injuries and opt-outs have rendered the Jets a hot mess. Things are so bad through two games that Gase, once hailed as a quarterback guru, is feeling his seat warm up by the minute.
How ugly have things gotten for the New York Jets? Two notable Jets players just sent an uninspiring message about Gase’s future with Gang Green.
Adam Gase is possibly the NFL’s most-criticized coach
Adam Gase entered the 2015-16 NFL offseason a hot name on the coaching carousel, and for a good reason.
Gase had worked wonders with an aging Peyton Manning in Denver — conveniently, the narratives forgot just how good and intelligent Peyton Manning was –and helped Jay Cutler to a strong season in Chicago.
Things began well for Gase in Miami, as he won 10 games and led the Dolphins to an AFC wild-card round loss to Pittsburgh in 2016. Miami hadn’t made the playoffs since 2008 and completed the season without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who suffered an injury.
Another Tannehill injury, this time a torn ACL, contributed to Miami ending the 2017 season with a 6-10 record. Miami opened the 2018 season 4-2 and was 7-6 through Week 14, but lost its final three games and missed the postseason.
Few in the media expected Gase — who had some public feuds with players in Miami — to earn a head coaching job as quickly as he did, but there he was in January 2019, meeting the press as the New York Jets’ newest head coach.
New York went an unconvincing 7-9 in Gase’s first year. Three of those losses, though, came when starting quarterback Sam Darnold missed time with mono.
Adam Gase and the Jets have had two ugly losses
Expectations for the New York Jets in 2020 were so low, they may as well have been next to dinosaur bones.
The only thing lower than the expectations has been the Jets’ production through two weeks. New York’s offense has looked abysmal and the defense, once a staple of the franchise, hasn’t adjusted to the trade of Jamal Adams and several opt-outs.
Despite the San Francisco 49ers suffering numerous injuries in Week 2, especially on defense, the Jets couldn’t breakthrough. A garbage-time touchdown made the 31-13 final look closer than it really was.
Jets players sent an uninspiring message about Gase’s future
Things have reached a tipping point in New York and people are pointing fingers.
In a recent press conference, Jets safety Bradley McDougald criticized the team’s practice habits.
“We’ve had some slow practices, and it correlates to the game. We need to have a complete, full week of just great practices, and I don’t think we’ve had that yet.”
Jets linebacker Avery Williamson, in an interview with WFAN, agreed with McDougald.
“Sometimes, in practice, guys are missing tackles or we’re not doing things right,” Williamson said, according to ESPN. “We haven’t been as crisp as we should be at times. … We don’t start fast at practice.”
Adam Gase disagreed with his players and said if they had any issue with how coaches ran their practices, they should have spoken up.
“If that’s the feeling they have, we have a chance to really ramp it up and make sure we’re doing what we need to do in individuals and pick up the tempo,” he said. “I haven’t necessarily felt that.”
If Adam Gase’s players are publicly criticizing the team’s effort this early in the season, that falls on the head coach. And given that Jets general manager Joe Douglas isn’t the one that hired Gase, a change could be coming in New York sooner rather than later.