Despite an awful 2-7 start to the season, Adam Gase has been told by Jets’ CEO Chris Johnson that he will not be fired after the season.
According to multiple reports, Jets’ CEO Chris Johnson told reporters at practice today that Adam Gase will return for the 2020 season. This comes despite an awful start to the 2019 season that has seen many fans and members of the media call for Gase’s dismissal.
This decision is surprising, to say the least. Adam Gase was brought to New York for three reasons, make Sam Darnold better, make the offense better, and win football games now. Gase has failed at all three objectives.
The Jets’ offense is currently ranked 32nd in offensive DVOA, 30th in scoring offense, 32nd in yards per game, and 28th in turnovers. There is not a single good thing that can be said about the Jets offense.
The Jets have been so bad on offense that even Lev Bell has been held to under 100 all-purpose yards in all but two games this year. Bell came into the season averaging 129 all-purpose yards per game for his career. A mark he’s met just once this season.
Under Gase Sam Darnold has regressed this season. Darnold’s QBR and passer rating are both lower than last season. His yards per attempt is lower than last year. His INT% is also up this year. All under Adam Gase’s watch.
Lastly, Adam Gase is also on pace to finish this year under .500. If he does, he would be the first head coach hired by the Johnson family to finish his first year with the team with a record under .500.
Over his career, Adam Gase has more losses by double digits than total career wins. As a head coach his offenses have ranked 18th, 27th, 27th, and now 32nd in the NFL in offensive DVOA. There is nothing to suggest that Adam Gase is a good head coach.
In fact, most of the evidence points the complete opposite. It says that Adam Gase has been one of the worst head coaches in the NFL since he was hired by the Dolphins in 2016.
Yet, the Jets are guaranteeing his job safety half-way through one of the worst seasons in the team’s history. This is a shocking and baffling move by Chris Johnson that could have long-reaching consequences.