The moment finally came that some many Jets fans have been patient and clamouring for. The date was January 3rd, 2021 on a Sunday night, and Adam Gase had finally been relieved of his duties. No longer going forward as the head coach of the New York Jets. The man was finally fired after nearly being on the brink of a possible 0-16 season and an overall record of 9-23.
It all went down with a phone call between CEO Christopher Johnson and former NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it must be great to have a future hall of famer vouch for you. Little did this franchise know what they just got themselves into.
Now ask yourselves, do you recall where you were on the date of January 11th, 2019? I know I do. I had just finished up with my evening workout and as I’m walking out of the gym, there it was. The notification has come into my phone that the Jets had hired Adam Gase as their 19th head coach in franchise history.
From the very start, I was already sceptical on what was to come. I’ve never been too fond of teams hiring a head coach after they’ve been previously fired from their former team. Especially when that coach finishes his tenure there with a sub .500. In his three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, he finished with a 23-25 record.
So Adam Gase would go on to have distinguishment of being a so-called “offensive genius” or “the quarterback whisperer”. Unfortunately, it was the latter of those nicknames that took a toll on young quarterback, Sam Darnold. The offense never really even clicked to it’s fullest potential during those two seasons.
The legacy that this man leaves behind, is quite the tainted one if you ask me. I solely blame it on his bad attitude and demeanor that caused the likes of safety Jamal Adams and runningback Le’Veon Bell to be driven out of the team. It seemed to me that things were either meant to go his way and if you didn’t agree, then you can go kick rocks. Stuff like that is what causes a team to self implode from the inside. And we definitely saw it this past season.
As of right now, I do not know where Adam Gase’s next place of employment will be, but you can rest assured that good things are yet to come to this team. We’ve now seen that Gase’s former players tend to flourish and play to their best abilities when they’ve been set free from the shackles of Gase. See the like of Ryan Tannehill and Jarvis Landry for example. That only gets me excited to see which current players of the green and white will be ready to just take off to new heights (no pun intended) next season.
The Gase era has come to an end. From a humanistic standpoint, I do wish the man the best on all of his future endeavours. A new era is soon to be on the horizon for this team. My fellow members of the green an white, brace yourselves because I have a feeling that we are just getting started for one heck of an off-season!