New York Jets Quarterback Sam Darnold, who spoke directly to several candidates during the team’s coaching search, is convinced that Jets hired the right man in Adam Gase.
“It was a tough decision, but I think Gase and the things he can do, the way he can lead, I think is the best thing for our team,” said Darnold on Thursday in a telephone interview with ESPN.
Jets couldn’t beat him, so they hired him – and they will hit Adam Gase to get his mojo back after a promising start fell apart in Miami.
Adam Gase, who was fired by the dolphins on December 31, is expected to be named the next head coach of the New York Jets, told sources to ESPN.
Darnold refused to list the candidates he was talking to, but he pointed out Todd Monken, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator. predicted he will be a successful head coach one day, but Darnold said he really clicked with Gase.
They spoke for 10 minutes on Monday night via FaceTime, covering everything from team building to Xs and Os. 19659002] “I’m really, very happy about this opportunity and all things Adam can bring with this law,” Darnold said. “For us it is about winning. How do you do it? You make more points than the other team. I am really happy about the opportunity to get to work with him and score a point. I think it will be great fun.”
Jet’s decision to hire Gase was fired on December 31 by the Miami Dolphins, leading to a negative reaction among fans and the media. Darnold expects to change quickly.
“I don’t think they will be upset when we start winning games,” he actually said.
The Jets interviewed eight famous candidates, including former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy. Gase, Monken, Baylor coach Matt Rhule and McCarthy were the four finalists.
“Adam is a fantastic guy. First and foremost, a very reliable guy,” said Darnold. “He only knows ball, he knows football. He is very passionate about it. I think that is what will be amazing about this whole.”
“His passion will be super, super contagious. Guys will want to go out and play the game all the time. I think it’s kind of his leadership style, and I think it’s really where he will feel comfortable. think our guys will take on that kind of attitude. “
CEO Christopher Johnson said at the beginning of the search that finding a coach with a history of developing quarterbacks would be” a plus “. Darnold comes from a Gase has worked with Peyton Manning, Jay Cutler and Ryan Tannehill.
Darnold was in high school in 2013 when Manning threw a league-record 55 touchdown pass for the Denver Broncos, with gas calling the games.
“When Peyton did all that in Denver, he was behind the scenes and did everything,” Darnold said of Gase. “Only he orchestrates this crime and gets it to how he wants it and to be able to manipulate a defense as we want to do it, it will just be amazing. It will also be fun.”
Manning went to Johnson on Tuesday night to advocate Gase.
Gase has a lot of work in front of him. Despite Darnold’s late season improvement – he put up a league-high QBR during the last four games – Jetsna still ended 29th total crime.
The dolphins also fought, as they ranked 31st after a season where they ended 7-9. That is one of the reasons why Jet’s fan base is upset about the decision. However, Darnold believes in Gase’s track record.
“I’m really happy to work with him because of all the good things he has done,” says Darnold. “I just have to keep running the guys and get them to understand,” Hey, we’re going to do things this way and this is how it will be. We will get started with a quick start. & # 39; And you think we should win games that do the same. “