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The New England Patriots May Have Their Eyes on Adam Gase

By New York Jets standards, the team is red hot. After beginning the season with 13 straight losses, the team has won two straight and taken itself out of the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Despite the recent success, it’s hard to imagine head coach Adam Gase returning in 2021. The latest talk is that Gase’s next coaching career could wind up with the Jets’ AFC East rival New England Patriots.

Adam Gase’s coaching career

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Adam Gase is going through a tough season in his second year as head coach of the New York Jets. The team was the laughingstock of the NFL through the first 13 games of the 2020 season, going 0-13. The Jets have bounced back to win their last two games, but all that did was keep them from picking first in the 2021 NFL draft.

Gase, after working as an assistant coach for four different NFL teams, got his first head coaching job in 2016. After working as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears in 2015, the Miami Dolphins hired Gase to be their head coach in 2016. In his first season, Gase guided the Dolphins to a 10-6 mark and a playoff berth.

In his final two years in Miami, Gase went 6-10 and 7-9. He was let go after three seasons with the Dolphins. Gase was immediately picked up by the New York Jets for the 2019 season. The Jets went 7-9 and then began 2020 by going 0-13. He is 32-48 (postseason included) in his five years as a head coach in the NFL.

The New York Jets and New England Patriots had tough 2020 seasons

The New York Jets have had a rough 2020 season and it’s only gotten worse for Jets fans with a pair of recent wins. After beginning the season 0-13, the Jets shocked the world by defeating the Los Angeles Rams on the road. They came back and defeated the Cleveland Browns the following week to improve to 2-13. Those wins will likely deprive them of drafting Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jacksonville Jaguars will be picking first in the draft.

In the long run, those two Jets wins will likely hurt the team since they will miss out on the clear-cut No. 1 pick and franchise quarterback. Those wins, however, show that the Jets still have the drive under head coach Adam Gase with not much of anything on the line. Gase has been on the hot seat all season and it will be interesting if this late success will help keep his job.

The New England Patriots lost Tom Brady in the offseason and have seen their passing game take a significant hit. New England brought in former NFL MVP Cam Newton to run the show in 2020. Newton’s passing numbers have been ugly. In the 13 games in which he’s played, Newton has thrown just five touchdown passes. The Patriots, entering Monday night’s game with the Buffalo Bills are 6-8.

There has been Gase-to-the-Patriots speculation swirling

If Adam Gase is let go by the New York Jets, there is already some speculation of where he may end up. Ben Volin of The Boston Globe offered a very interesting scenario while he was a guest on The Greg Hill Show on WEEI in Boston.

“I heard some buzz last night. You hear the name to watch for the Patriots’ next quarterbacks coach: Mr. Adam Gase,” Volin said. “He goes all the way back to 1999 on the Michigan State staff with Josh McDaniels. They worked under Nick Saban. Adam Gase and McDaniels are tight. Look out for that one.”

According to WEEI, Gase said earlier this year that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reached out after the Miami Dolphins fired him. He said the two have since formed a strong relationship. Patriots quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch has taken the head coaching job at the University of Arizona. If Gase becomes available, he might just be a good fit in New England.