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Jets Hire Former Dolphins Coach Adam Gase 

January 09, 2019 - 8:49 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Jets are banking on Adam Gase to make the most of a second chance.

The team hired the former Miami Dolphins coach as their new head coach Wednesday night, WFAN's Brian Costello confirmed. 

Gase, 40, went 23-26 in three seasons with the Dolphins, including to the playoffs in 2016. He was fired after going 7-9 this season.

His résumé includes serving as offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. Playing in Gase's Broncos offense in 2013, quarterback Peyton Manning enjoyed a record-breaking season, passing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns en route to a Super Bowl. 

According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, Manning called Jets CEO Christopher Johnson to endorse Gase for the job.

But after a promising start in Miami, Gase's teams were stuck in mediocrity. Despite that Gase was considered an offensive guru, the Dolphins' offense never ranked better than 24th. Meanwhile, his relationship with owner Stephen Ross eroded, and he did not want to relinquish his control of the 53-man roster, according to reports.

Gase replaces Todd Bowles, who was fired after going 24-40 over four seasons.

The Jets job was widely considered to be one of the most attractive among the eight coaching vacancies in the NFL this offseason. The team, which went 4-12 this season, has a young, promising quarterback in Sam Darnold, nearly $100 million available to spend in free agency and the third overall pick in April's draft.

The Jets also interviewed former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard, former Lions and Colts coach Jim Caldwell, former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and Baylor coach Matt Rhule.

Just before news of the Gase hiring broke Wednesday night, the Daily News' Manish Mehta reported that Rhule had removed his name from consideration because he "would not agree to a staff that was put together by GM Mike Maccagnan and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger." It was not clear if Rhule was offered the position.

McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl in Green Bay, reportedly wanted the job, but the Jets elected to go in a different direction.

Kingsbury was hired Tuesday as the Arizona Cardinals' head coach.

Dowell Loggains, Gase's offensive coordinator in Miami this season, is expected to join him in New York, according to multiple reports.

Gase is the first experienced NFL head coach the Jets have hired since Bill Parcells in 1997 -- not, of course, counting Bill Belichick's one-day tenure in 2000.