The Houston Texans made headlines this week terminating head coach and general manager, Bill O’Brien, after an 0-4 start to the season. Fans around the league did not take it as a surprise, but questioned by O’Brien was the first coach to lose his job this season. Looking at you, Adam Gase.
How Adam Gase is still the head coach of the New York Jets is one of the many wonders in the NFL. The Jets should fire Adam Gase now to salvage what will be a very long and ugly season.
Adam Gase’s team has somehow become worse this year. The “great offensive mind” has his side of the ball currently ranked 32nd, his prodigy quarterback, Sam Darnold, looks more lost than ever, Le’Veon Bell can’t run anywhere, and they have no pass catchers. Worst of all, the team is wildly undisciplined, and it even cost them a game against the Broncos.
Gase’s poor management and coaching of star players is a reason why they thrive in other places. He and Jamal Adams couldn’t get along, so the Jets shipped him to Seattle. Robby Anderson is starting to look more consistent in Carolina. Even when Gase was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins this problem plagued him. Jarvis Landry is thriving in Cleveland and Devante Parker has been the bright spot on a rebuilding Dolphins team. Adam Gase can’t seem to get players to reach their full potential.
The argument that it would harm Sam Darnold’s development is ridiculous. How exactly has Gase helped Sam Darnold? I haven’t seen Darnold lighting up the scoreboard under Gase. He somehow looks worse than he did when Jeremy Bates was calling screens every other play. If the Jets want to get a glimpse of what Darnold can do, they are better off with someone else developing him.
As the losses continue to amount, Gase’s seat will continue to heat up. They get dominated to the point where you’re wondering if his players have any motivation left to play for him. The Jets have never fired a coach midseason. They let coaches such as Rich Kotite, Lou Holtz, and Rex Ryan finish out losing seasons. Considering the historic incompetency of the organization, this is rather shocking. This is 2020, and if the Jets want to find somehow a path toward winning, they should break that tradition. Gase might not be as terrible as Kotite, but he’s not that far off.
The Texans didn’t have an issue with getting rid because of underperformance, and neither should the Jets. If the Jets want to break the cycle of incompetence, then they should give Gase his pink slip as soon as possible. Some people are meant to be coordinators or position coaches.