Adam Gase is understood for 2 issues: having crazy eyes and shedding soccer video games. The person fooled dozens of NFL groups into considering he was able to teaching an NFL staff. He rode the success of Peyton Manning in Denver into not one, however two head teaching gigs.
The Adam Gase experiments in Miami and New York didn’t work out. All through 5 years as an NFL head coach, Gase recorded only one successful season (2016) and a complete file of 32-48. He was so dangerous at executing his staff’s imaginative and prescient that in 2020, when his Jets had been clearly the worst staff within the NFL, Gase nonetheless miraculously managed to win two video games and cease the Jets from incomes the primary total choose within the 2021 draft and deciding on generational prospect Trevor Lawrence. I do know Lawrence hasn’t appeared nice by his first two weeks, however he was nonetheless one of many greatest prospects in current reminiscence on the draft.
The Jets fired Adam Gase on January 3. The quarterback he left behind, Sam Darnold, additionally left New York. Besides not like Gase, Darnold was in a position to keep the identical function he had with the Jets. Darnold headed to the Carolina Panthers to turn into their new beginning quarterback, and wouldn’t you already know it, in his first yr away from Gase, Darnold is the primary quarterback within the NFL to succeed in 3-0.
Clearly, Darnold’s 3-0 file is way much less spectacular when you think about that his opponents have consisted of the Jets, Texans, and Saints — two of the worst groups in soccer, and one other that we don’t know what to think about but. Nevertheless, these three consecutive wins, already match his longest win streak in a Jets jersey from Weeks 10-12 of the 2019 season. Gase’s historical past of leaving successful soccer in his wake goes means earlier than his time with Darnold although.
Nearly in all places Gase has gone, his groups/gamers have achieved properly as quickly as they rid themselves of him. From the picture above, you may see that this pattern began again when he was in highschool. Gase performed receiver for Marshall Excessive College in Michigan. A yr after Gase graduated, his Marshall Redhawks went on to win the state championship in 1996 in Class BB. In addition they went on to be state runner-ups in that very same division in 1997.
After highschool, Gase began his teaching profession following Nick Saban to LSU, the place Gase served as a graduate teaching assistant. He left the college in 2002. LSU gained the nationwide title in 2003. Gase then went to the NFL the place he would turn into a family title in soccer circles for being the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos when Peyton Manning had his well-known 55 landing MVP season. Gase earned his bag and left city for the Chicago Bears following that historic run with Denver… the Broncos would go on to win the Tremendous Bowl the next yr. In all equity, the Broncos’ offense appeared depressing throughout that Tremendous Bowl run and it’s clear that the Broncos gained that championship on the power of their protection. So, Gase’s departure positively didn’t have something to do with the Broncos Tremendous Bowl win.
Nevertheless, the following few examples aren’t so pleasant. Ryan Tannehill was a former quantity eight total choose by the Miami Dolphins. He had proven indicators of nice potential all through his first few years, however accidents all the time halted Tannehill from reaching his peak. When Adam Gase got here to city, the hope was that he would have the ability to push Tannehill to his max. That didn’t occur. Actually, the yr after Tannehill left the Dolphins to turn into Marcus Mariota’s backup in Tennessee, he gained Comeback Participant of the Yr and led the Titans to an AFC Championship look. He additionally earned his first and solely Professional Bowl nod that yr.
Now, we’ve come full circle again to Sam Darnold, a prime quarterback prospect out of USC, drafted third total in 2018 by the New York Jets. Darnold struggled in his first season, however the staff hoped that bringing on Adam Gase would push Sam Darnold to his max. Who may’ve guessed that the plan didn’t work out. Darnold confirmed flashes of greatness throughout his time in New York, however everybody knew he was being held again by the dearth of expertise round him and Adam Gase’s atrocious play-calling.
Now, beneath Matt Rhule, Darnold is trying higher than he ever has. Whereas he nonetheless doesn’t appear to be taking part in as much as the hype he acquired popping out of faculty, he’s clearly in a significantly better state of affairs in Carolina. His staff is 3-0, the solar is shining, and even with Christian McCaffrey sidelined for the next several weeks, the Panthers have simply zero playoff groups from final season of their subsequent seven video games. In a bizarre means, I suppose taking part in beneath Adam Gase is an effective factor for quarterbacks. Whether or not it’s Manning, Tannehill, or Darnold, they’ve all reached new, unexpected heights after Gase packed up his baggage and headed elsewhere. Possibly Gase is the genius we had been all led to imagine he was in spite of everything, it simply takes longer for his plan to unfold than anticipated.