Boomer Esiason Shares Conversation He Had With Jets CEO About Adam Gase Hire

Boomer and Gio
January 10, 2019 - 7:15 am


Just after news broke Wednesday night that the Jets had hired Adam Gase as their new head coach, WFAN's Boomer Esiason spoke at length by phone with team CEO Christopher Johnson about the coaching search.

On Thursday morning's "Boomer & Gio" show, Esiason relayed what Johnson told him in that conversation. 

"He told me last night that Adam Gase really blew him away," Esiason said. "He said, 'I wanted an A-type personality for our building. I wanted somebody that is confident and in charge, somebody that brings energy, somebody who I have watched over the last three years beat our team to the point of our record being 1-5 against the Dolphins with Gase as a head coach and somebody that fits the moniker that is an offensive coach and can work with our quarterback, Sam Darnold.'

"And he goes, 'I have to tell you, I was just extremely impressed with his preparation, with his delivery, the way that he carried himself, the things that he said to us, and I feel really, really good about this hire.'"

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Johnson told Esiason, a former Jet, that he was highly impressed by all eight candidates who were interviewed.

"Every single one of their candidates that he spoke to could have easily been the head coach of the New York Jets," Esiason said. "That's how impressive the list was from his seat."

Johnson said the Jets did their due diligence on each of the candidates. 

"We went in depth on every single one of them," Esiason paraphrased Johnson as saying. "We talked about backgrounds, we talked about rumors, we talked about issues with owners, we talked about issues with players, we talked about our own players, we talked about our most important player -- Sam Darnold."

Many Jets fans hoped the team would hire former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who reportedly wanted the job. Esiason said he and Johnson spoke only briefly about McCarthy and it wasn't clear to Boomer why the Jets CEO wasn't as high on the Super Bowl-winning coach.

"He goes, 'Boomer, it's not about what somebody didn't do; it's more about what this guy did do -- what Adam Gase said, what Adam Gase presented, how Adam Gase presented himself, his vision for the Jets, the way that he sees things,'" Esiason said. 

To listen to the full open from Thursday's "Boomer & Gio" show, click on the audio player above.