After being fired by the Miami Dolphins, the 40-year-old will be hired as the head coach of the New York Jets, per Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington of ESPN.
Gase produced a 23-25 record in three years with the Dolphins, although things went south in a hurry after they reached the playoffs in his first season with a 10-6 record.
Miami finished 6-10 in 2017 and 7-9 in 2018, including three straight losses to end the year. While injuries to Ryan Tannehill during this stretch didn’t help, the losing seasons were enough for his tenure with the team to come to an end.
There were also questions about his relationship with players, with former stars such as Jarvis Landry and Jay Ajayi appearing happy to see him fired. According to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN, several players in the locker room said they felt “alienated” by Gase. Gase is still highly respected as an offensive coach and has been since his days as a coordinator with the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. His 2013 Broncos remains the most productive offense in NFL history with 606 points scored.
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With eight teams replacing head coaches this offseason, it appeared destined that Gase would find a new landing spot.
The Jets ended up winning the sweepstakes as they try to move on from Todd Bowles.
After a down season, they will hope Gase’s offensive prowess will help turn things around in 2019.
The job was widely considered one of the most desirable, in large part due to Darnold, who showed upside in his rookie year. Beyond Darnold and Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, the roster needs significant work, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. They can attack the weakness with $100 million in cap room and the third pick in the draft. The Jets conducted at least eight interviews. In addition to McCarthy and Rhule, the Jets met with former Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken and former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was hired by the Arizona Cardinals.
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