According to a report, the New York Jets are preaching patience when it comes to their embattled head coach, Adam Gase.
Schefter has reported that the New York Jets plan to stick with the embattled head coach amidst fan consternation. His report on ESPN cites “sources familiar with (chairman Christopher Johnson’s) thinking”.
Among the reasons for sticking with Gase includes the fact that he and Jets general manager Joe Douglas have only been together for a short time.
“The Jets believe the situation will sort itself out,” Schefter writes. “A segment of the Jets’ fan base on social media wants Gase fired, the sooner the better, but the team is not inclined to acquiesce to those wishes at this time, as the New York Daily News also reported. It still wants to judge Gase over a larger body of work than half the season, one that has been plagued with injuries.”
New York has indeed been struck with numerous injuries over the course of a disastrous 1-7 start in Gase’s debut. Franchise quarterback Sam Darnold was lost for three games earlier this season after a bout with mononucleosis. Free-agent linebacker arrival C.J. Mosley had a strong debut in Week 1 but has been on and off the field with injuries since. Other notable injury losses include Avery Williamson, Quincy Enunwa, Chris Herndon, and Trumaine Johnson.
The case for Gase, however, has not been helped by the Jets’ offensive struggles, especially since Darnold returned in Week 6. New York earned their only win of the season over Dallas upon Darnold’s comeback, but have lost three in a row since then. The latest of the losses came on Sunday in Miami, where the Jets fell 26-18 to the previously winless Dolphins.
Struggles on offense have caused many to question Gase’s reputation as an offensive guru. The Jets have earned less than 200 yards in three games this season (once with Darnold) and have failed to break 20 points in all but one of their eight contests. Over their past three games, the Jets have been outscored 82-33.
Nonetheless, it appears the Jets plan to stick with the former Dolphins head coach, who was hired by outgoing general manager Mike Maccagnan last offseason.
“The chatter surrounding Gase is reminiscent of the situation with the Cowboys earlier this season, when fans were calling for coach Jason Garrett’s job before the team won two games in a row and quieted some of that talk,” Schefter notes. “The Jets are hoping to do the same.”
There is certainly an opportunity to fulfill that hypothesis. The Jets face the 2-6 New York Giants on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. ET, Fox) before traveling to Washington for a match against the Redskins (1-8). Other opponents on the remaining docket include the winless Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 1, which immediately precedes a rematch with Miami.