After all, Gase was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, who at the time were coming off the victory of all victories against the New England Patriots with a kickoff return for a touchdown as time expired.
Following the “Miami Miracle,” the Dolphins lost their final three games and decided to make a change.
Fast forward to January of 2019, and Adam Gase is the new head coach of the New York Jets.
It was a hire that, let’s just say, didn’t get the warmest of welcomes from Jets fans.
For some, the idea of hiring a guy who was fired by the Miami Dolphins, doesn’t exactly fall in the category of an “inspiring” hire.
That’s understood, but in reality, who would be an inspiring hire?
There were two things many Jets fans demanded for their next head coach: an offensive background and prior head coaching experience.
Adam Gase fits the bill on both counts.
Gase is a very smart guy, who was not a total failure in Miami. He took the team to the playoffs in his first season. And last season with a limited roster, the Dolphins were in playoff contention over the final three weeks.
Gase can coach, and I think will be a valuable asset for young quarterback Sam Darnold.
After all, Gase has a great reputation for his work with quarterbacks over the years. Gase and Darnold will not be an area of concern.
The concern I have about the Gase hire is whether his command and overall relationships with the entire 53-man roster will change from his Miami days.
Gase alienated his team, shipped out talented players, and was clearly a coach players quit on in during his final weeks on the job in south Florida.
Can he avoid the mistakes that led to the departure of Jay Ajayi and Jarvis Landry Can he command and earn the respect of every player in the Jets locker room?
Knowing offense and quarterbacks is one thing, being a leader of men is another.
Only time will tell if Adam Gase is ready to learn from his Miami mistakes.
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