Former Dolphins coach Adam Gase certainly landed on his feet with his hire to lead the division-rival New York Jets on Wednesday night. One of the interesting questions is: how did Gase stand out from the other candidates to end up getting the job?
Well, NFL Network host Peter Schrager, of “Good Morning Football” relayed Thursday morning that it was a key endorsement that put Gase over the top:
A hot shot QB whisperer with a private jet waiting, a little known OC out of Tampa, a Super Bowl winning coach, a college coach with Parcells ties, and a recently fired HC walk into a room. @PSchrags takes us inside on the Jets/Adam Gase hire. pic.twitter.com/WTVbgfUhoG
— GMFB (@gmfb) January 10, 2019
It’s not surprising that former Broncos and Colts Hall of Famer-to-be Peyton Manning (above), made a phone call on Gase’s behalf. It’s very well-known from when Gase was hired by the Dolphins that Manning was also advocating for him then, to owner Stephen Ross about Gase getting his first head coaching opportunity.
Gase and Manning worked together, when Manning arrived to Denver in 2012 and later made the Superbowl together. And, obviously his fondness for his former quarterbacks coach has continued.
Gase later worked in Chicago with Jay Cutler, as well.
And everyone understood that the Jets want someone to mentor their former first-round pick Sam Darnold moving forward.
To that end, New York was holding numerous interviews over the course of the last 10 days with the likes of former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who had worked with Aaron Rodgers, and former Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who had worked the last 3 years with Jameis Winston.
Schrager also revealed that the Jets were having dinner with former Texas Tech, and now, new Cardinals coach Kilff Kingsbury on Monday night to gauge whether to offer him the job. However, Arizona had already beaten them to it, and Kingsbury was introduced on Wednesday.
Still, none of those guys above had someone with the clout of Manning calling on their behalf.
And, Schrager was adamant during the segment on “GMFB” that his phone call made the difference for Gase to put on the green and get ready to go against the Dolphins twice a year.
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