Well, the Jets-Dolphins rivalry just got turned up a notch or two. This as, former Dolphins coach Adam Gase will stay in the AFC East after the New York Jets hired him to become their new head coach Wednesday night ending their 10-day search.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2019
It’s a quick redemption for Gase, who was fired nine days ago in Maimi, after three seasons, and where his team made the playoffs at 10-6 in year one. However, when quarterback Ryan Tannehill injured his ACL in training camp of 2017 and was lost for the season, the Dolphins were forced to scramble for a proven QB and went to veteran Jay Cutler. They still flopped to a 6 – 10 finish that year.
With Tannehill back healthy this past season, the Dolphins got off to a good start at 3-0. But, Tannehill got injured again, taking a hit on his throwing shoulder in an October loss to Cincinnati. He missed an additional five games, and the Fins only won one of them.
Tannehill eventually returned and the Dolphins got to 7 – 6 and in playoff contention before losing out in the final three games to ruin any shot of the post season.
Gase takes over for Todd Bowles, who was fired after four seasons, the last three of which, were losing campaigns. Bowles re-joined Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay Wednesday, as defensive coordinaor.
The Jets were 5 and 11 in 2018 after taking quarterback Sam Darnold with the fourth overall pick. Obviously, Gase’s track record of having previously worked with Cutler in Chicago and Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos was a huge selling point for owner Woody Johnson and the Jets organization.
Gase’s hire also once again, spices up the longtime AFC East rivalry with Miami. Miami had won all four meetings with New York under Gase the last two years.
Gase is expected to bring his offensive coordinator from Miami Dowell Loggains with him. There are also reports that he may want to hire his former defensive coordinator in Miami, Vance Joseph, who was just fired as Denver’s head coach.
One criticism that Gase will have to overcome is his relationships with his players, especially outspoken ones.
The Dolphins traded away star running back Jay Ajayi to the Eagles in October of 2017, in part because he could not get along with and do what Gase wanted him to do. The Dolphins also parted with receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh this past offseason, as high price veterans for pretty much the same reason.
One more factor will be the impatient and combative New York media, which will not tolerate much losing or antics from any coach, much less a new one like Gase.
Gase had also interviewed with the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, as well as in New York.
His hiring beats the Dolphins to the punch, as they are one of two teams (along with the Bengals) without a head coach as of Wednesday night.
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