When he was the Jets’ head coach, Herm Edwards once famously said, “you play to win the game,” but current Jets coach Adam Gase may not share that philosophy. Gase, whose career as a head coach in the league hasn’t exactly been stellar, may not have winning games as high of a priority as Edwards, or many other coaches. In fact, given his response to criticism about the team’s performance, there appears to be one thing in particular that Gase cares about more than winning.
Adam Gase’s coaching career
Adam Gase just completed his first season as the Jets’ coach, but it’s not his first stop as an NFL head coach. He held the same position with the Dolphins from 2016 through 2018. After a 10-6 record his first season in Miami, the Dolphins won six and seven games, respectively, the next two seasons, which led to his firing.
The Jets then didn’t waste much time hiring him to become their coach, and he led them to a 7-9 record. That’s not as bad as it sounds since the team was down to its third-string quarterback for some games due to injuries, and seven wins are the most wins for the Jets since going 10-6 in 2015.
The Jets struggle in 2019
The first half of 2019 was a real struggle for the Jets, who lost their first four games before picking up their first victory in Week 6, shocking the Cowboys. They lost their next three to go 1-7, but then things picked up for Gang Green. From Week 10 on, the Jets went 6-2 to end up with a respectable 7-9 mark for the season.
Starting QB Sam Darnold missed three games, leaving backups Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk to start the other three games. The low point of the season came in Week 7, when the Patriots shut out the Jets 33-0, dropping them to 1-5. The Jets’ offense struggled in both games against the eventual AFC East champs, compiling 259 yards of total offense combined in the two games against the division rival. Coming out of their Week 4 bye, the Jets had just 128 yards of offense against the Eagles, losing the game 31-6. Defensively, the Jets gave up the fourth-most points in the league, allowing opponents to score 441 points.
The Jets struggles for much of the season didn’t reflect well on Adam Gase, but there’s a chance he didn’t care one way or the other.
Is there one thing Adam Gase cares about more than winning?
One source has told the Daily News that Gase is “an insecure guy,” with some members of the organization convinced that the coach or a member of his family “has a burner Twitter account to monitor what is being written or said about him — and defend him if necessary.” When the newspaper asked Gase to comment on that report, he declined.
Gase doesn’t seem too concerned about the team’s struggles. After the Jets’ 0-4 start to the season, he told reporters that there was nothing that caused him to look back and say he wished he could do that over. The Daily News also reports that twice during the spring, Gase “jogged off the field” while the defense was practicing, with members of the defensive unit considering him a “glorified offensive coordinator.”
It appears that one reason Gase doesn’t seem too concerned about the team’s struggles is because he gets paid, win or lose. The Daily News further reports that the 41-year-old coach has responded to criticism this year by telling people that he is “rich as f–k.” How rich is he? When the Jets hired him, he signed a four-year contract reportedly worth more than $20 million.