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Who Is Adam Gase? 5 Things To Know About The New Jets Coach

January 09, 2019 - 10:13 pm
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By WFAN.com

Adam Gase will be the 19th head coach in New York Jets history. Here are five facts about the man who will try to lead Gang Green to its first Super Bowl in a half-century.

He got his start under Nick Saban.

Gase served as an undergraduate assistant coach at Michigan State under Saban in the late 1990s and then followed Saban to LSU, where he was a graduate assistant and recruiting assistant.

His wife comes from a coaching family.

His wife, Jennifer, is the daughter of longtime NFL assistant coach Joe Vitt, who most recently served as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach of the New Orleans Saints. Gase and Vitt worked together with the Dolphins, where Vitt was hired as a consultant. Gase and his wife have a daughter and two sons.

He coached a record-breaking offense in Denver.

With Gase as offensive coordinator in 2013, the Denver Broncos scored an NFL-record 606 points. Quarterback Peyton Manning passed for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns -- both records that still stand today. That Broncos team reached Super Bowl XLVIII -- played, coincidentally, at the Jets' home, MetLife Stadium -- but were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8.

The Jets are the sixth NFL team he'll have worked for.

Gase has served as an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears before being hired as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. In three seasons with Miami, he went 23-25, reaching the playoffs in 2016.

He plays guitar.

The Palm Beach Post reported in February 2016 that Gase once jammed with Melissa Etheridge on her tour bus before a benefit concert. He started taking guitar lessons while working for the Broncos.