Dear New York Jets Fans,
Congratulations! You’ve done it again! You’ve taken an ex-Miami Dolphins coach to lead your team for the foreseeable future following in Todd Bowles’s footsteps. Although Adam Gase may not be the new coach who many of you had hoped for, ultimately, he’s now yours. The Jets leadership, after interviewing many prospects, have decided that coach Gase is the guy who will lead your team to make the Jets great again.
But, let me be the first person to warn you about the coach that you are getting. After three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Fins fans witnessed many issues that will most likely carry over to the Jets franchise that will also most likely lead to a short tenure for coach Gase with your team.
First, who’s your favorite player? Trumaine Johnson? Leonard Williams? Jamal Adams? Don’t get used to them for too long. If they have a voice on the team which differs from coach Gase, chances are that they won’t be with the Jets for too long. Just ask the ex-Miami Dolphins players Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, Mike Pouncey or Ndamukong Suh.
Coach Gase felt that these players were “cancers” in the locker room, although they were most likely players who had personalities that differed from the other players. Coach Gase had a major challenge with managing different personalities within the Dolphins locker room.
Second, do you like aged veterans on your team from the 2014-2016 Bears or Broncos? Coach Gase is the type of leader who is loyal to players and coaches who he worked with in the past that were good at one point. Jay Cutler, Julius Thomas, Brock Osweiler and Josh Sitton were all brought in from Gase’s prior teams. But, they each failed to have an impact with the Dolphins. Don’t be surprised if Gase brings in some retread players from the Bears, Broncos, or even the Miami Dolphins.
Third, its going to frustrate the New York Jets fanbase when Gase can’t be found on the sideline during a game. Gase is the type of coach that insists on being the offensive play caller. While in the head coaching role with the Dolphins, there were many games when he would be found on the player’s bench during pivotal moments of a game (mainly on defense) sitting down and writing up plays for an upcoming drive.
This created an issue as he would miss the action on the field. In addition, as an offensive play caller, you would rarely see him engaging with other player groups. This was evident midway through the season when Reshad Jones, the Dolphins top safety, had a disagreement with the defensive coordinator and sat out the second half of the game against the Jets. Gase stated in the post-game press conference that he did not know that an issue had come up.
Also, if you are a fan of the bubble screen play call, running the ball on 3rd and long, and not being able to pick up 3rd and one first downs, you are going to love coach Gase. Although he can be creative with his play calling, it became evident that he was infatuated with bubble screen plays. Maybe it was a lack of talent, or maybe it was Gase’s love of the play, whatever it was, the Miami Dolphins team ran the bubble screen play at least five to ten times per game. It became as predictable as the hat on his head covering his eyes.
And, Gase is VERY loyal to his quarterback. Sam Darnold is very raw. He had a tough rookie season, based on statistics. Similar to Ryan Tannehill, Darnold has shown moments of brilliance and moments of boneheaded decisions. Tannehill did show improvement under Gase, but nothing that led to consistent success.
In addition, some new reports after the end of the season reported that Gase lost some locker room players due to how he treated Tannehill like he was on a pedestal but did not treat others on the team similarly. If true, this would have easily created animosity within the locker room.
Lastly, you are going to get sick of Gase’s press conferences. At first, you’re going to love his “screw you” attitude during press conferences. But eventually, it’s going to get old. At the same time you get sick of his attitude, you’ll start to hear Gase come up with the many excuses why the Jets lose.
Some of the excuses Dolphins fans heard toward the end of last season were; the Dolphins caught the (put opponents team name here) on a hot streak, or our guys weren’t effective enough, or the other team had more to play for than we did, or the weather affected our guys, or the government shutdown affected our players (I’m kidding about that last one).
In closing, I’ll be honest. As a life long Miami Dolphins fan, it’s bittersweet to see Adam Gase now be coaching the New York Jets. Bitter for the Jets and sweet for the Miami Dolphins. I would have said that maybe giving Adam Gase a fresh start would have been good for him. Maybe with a new set of assistant coaches and a new team, it would be what he needed.
But, my understanding is that he is looking to take prior Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and probably other Miami Dolphins coaches and players. So it appears that Gase is planning to do the same thing in New York as he did in Miami.
Although there is not a lot of love between the Jets and the Dolphins, I wish you and your team luck in the upcoming season. We may not have a lot in common, but now we will have had coach Gase run our team and we’ll always hate the Patriots!
This story was written by Ian Berger. Follow him on Twitter: @ian693
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