These are dark, desperate times for the New York Jets, who are 0-5 for the first time since 1996.
And coach Adam Gase, who last week altered the the way the team runs its practices, said Monday that he’s considering relinquishing offensive play-calling duties as the Jets prepare to face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
"For the last four years, I’ve toyed with the idea every once in a while,” Gase said in a conference call with reporters, the day after a 30-10 loss to the Cardinals. “I mean, I don’t think I’m ever opposed to try something to change things up, I’d say everything’s on the table at this point.”
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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase gestures for a time-out against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at Bills Stadium. (Photo: Rich Barnes, Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Gase climbed up the NFL coaching ladder over the past decade primarily because of his reputation as an innovative play-caller. He called the plays for the Broncos and Bears as offensive coordinator, and though he considered handing off play-calling duties in his first four seasons as a head coach — he was in in Miami from 2016-18 before the Jets hired him in January of 2019 — he’s always called his own plays.
So the fact that he’s even considering surrendering play-calling duties is a sign of just how dire his situation is at the moment, with the Jets’ just one of three NFL teams at 0-5 (joining the Giants and Falcons).
Gase did not rule out the possibility of handing over the play-calling reigns to someone else for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins, when asked directly about the possibility.
“I’m considering everything,” Gase said. “I’m just looking at everything and just trying to figure out whatever can help us turn things in the right direction, I’ll be all for it.”
It’s unclear who would call the plays if Gase decides to go in that direction. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and running back coach Jim Bob Cooter both have previous experience as play callers. It’s also possible that Gase could take a more collaborative approach, rather than turn over the duties in full.
The Jets have struggled mightily to move the ball through the first five games, scoring just six touchdowns and ranking near the bottom of every offensive category. And they’ve converted only three of their 12 red zone opportunities into touchdowns.
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