Adam Gase isn’t going anywhere.
That was the message New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson told the media on Wednesday, stating that the head coach will be back for the 2020 season.
“We are not where we thought we’d be,” Johnson said (h/t NJ.com). “It’s exceedingly frustrating. But, I’m here watching this team grind away every day and coaches grind away every day to get better. The thing that is so encouraging is that there hasn’t been a moment of finger-pointing. There hasn’t been a moment where someone has cast blame on somebody else. I think that speaks highly of the character of this team and the effort of the coaches. With that, I want to assure you, there will be no changes in coaches.”
“Adam has the trust of this team, he has the trust of Sam,” he continued. “He has [GM] Joe Douglas’ trust, he has my trust. He’s a good mad. He’s a good coach… I brought in Joe to help build the team with Adam and there’s a lot of work to do. We’re just getting started. But I feel really good about this team moving forward.”
It has been a disastrous start to Gase’s career with the Jets as he’s 2-7 in his first nine games with the organization.
A glimmer of hope was offered on Sunday when the Jets took down their in-stadium rivals, the lowly Giants, behind a season-high 34-point effort. Of those, 27 came from an offense that was averaging just 12 points per game this season.
Given the opponent, the victory won’t do much to change the public opinion surrounding Gase immediately.
After coming over from the Dolphins, the 41-year-old was labeled an offensive guru that will help develop franchise quarterback Sam Darnold into a star.
That hasn’t been the case so far as the second-year passer has just seven touchdowns compared to nine interceptions this season.
His supporting cast hasn’t been all that impressive, either. Darnold and All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell — whose big contract reportedly perturbed Gase upon his arrival in New York — are playing behind a subpar offensive line that does little to utilize mediocre playmakers that was put together by former GM Mike Maccagnan.
The screams for Gase’s job only intensified after a 26-18 loss to the previously winless Miami Dolphins in Week 9. The Jets only mustered one touchdown against one of the league’s worst defenses which brought their season total to eight offensive scores in as many weeks.
Before the Jets’ Week 10 win against the Giants, Johnson stated the Jets would be patient with Gase — who has yet to have a full offseason with the new GM, Douglas.
Gang Green will look to make it two straight against another NFC East minnow in the Washington Redskins on Sunday.