Adam Gase appears fully confident in third-stringer Luke Falk as the New York Jets prepare for the New England Patriots.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has his work cut out for him on Sunday. He’s playing the dominant Patriots with Luke Falk under center in his first career NFL start.
Despite the tall task facing Falk this weekend, Gase loves his even keel. According to the head coach, Falk is capable of performing on Sunday.
"Trust me. If you were around him, you would not worry about it" – Adam Gase says Luke Falk is mentally prepared to start on Sunday pic.twitter.com/yKvZfy2WGQ
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“Trust me. if you were around him, you would not worry about it,” Gase told reporters on Friday. “I mean he is, like that. It’s just the way he is. I don’t know. He’s just built that way. … It’s how he’s always been, at least since I’ve met him in the whole process with the combine and everything like that.”
Falk was put into a brutal situation on Monday, but played fairly well given the circumstances. He came on in relief of the injured Trevor Siemian and took over an offense that was having trouble gaining any kind of yardage.
Falk wasn’t spectacular, but he finished two-plus quarters of action going 20-for-25 on passes for 198 yards. He wasn’t able to find the endzone at all, but he didn’t turn the ball over either. The loss itself was disappointing, but Falk’s play was one of the few bright spots for Gang Green.
Falk will be the starter for as long as it takes Sam Darnold to recover from mononucleosis. The second-year quarterback is targeting Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles for his return.