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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and head coach Adam Gase are already off to a great working relationship.

The quarterback-head coach relationship might be the most important one on a football team. For the New York Jets, that means second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and head coach Adam Gase need to work well together.

According to Darnold, the pair is already off to a great start.

“He’s crazy in the best way. I think we all are,” Darnold said about Gase. “You’ve got to be a little crazy in this profession, and it’s fun to be able to gameplan with him, talk about football, but the coolest thing is being able to talk to him about things outside football — family life, friends and family, all of that kind of stuff.”

Gase does seem a little bit crazy, but in a way that every Jets fan should love. He’s a football guy’s football guy and he’s at his best when he has his head buried in a playbook. The offensive guru has to be excited about working with a quarterback as talented as Darnold.

In fact, Darnold might be the best quarterback Gase has ever coached. Sure, he coached Peyton Manning when he was with the Denver Broncos, but that was at the very end of Manning’s career.

Darnold put up decent numbers during his rookie season. He threw for 2,865 yards with 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 13 games. However, his final four games of the season were a revelation.

Darnold returned from injury in Week 13 and played like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL after his return. He threw for 931 yards with six touchdowns against just one interception.

The Jets are hoping that Darnold can carry that hot streak into Week 1 of the 2019 season.

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