Peter King On WFAN: I'm Skeptical Adam Gase Is Right Coach For Sam Darnold

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Carlin, Maggie & Bart
January 25, 2019 - 3:10 pm
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By WFAN.com

Adam Gase’s introductory press conference was supposed to be a serious affair.

That was until Gase’s “crazy eyes” went viral on social media and sidetracked the entire event. Now that the memes have finally subsided, Jets fans can look ahead to next season and the very difficult job that Gase has in front of him. Gase has to bring the Jets back to respectability, and that starts with developing Sam Darnold into a franchise quarterback.

NFL writer Peter King, of NBC Sports, joined “Carlin, Maggie and Bart” on Friday to talk about various issues going on around the NFL, including whether Gase’s history with QBs in Miami should worry the Jets faithful.

“I’m from Missouri about Adam Gase and the quarterbacks,” said King. “Adam Gase had a difficult time in three years in Miami. He had to make ten starting quarterback changes … Tannehill kept getting hurt, so it was hard to tell how good a job that Gase really would do with one quarterback over several years in a row. He didn’t have that chance in Miami … I trust that he’s a good coach of the quarterbacks, but … he’s going to have to prove it now with Sam Darnold.”

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

Darnold had his ups and downs in 2018, but he finished the year strongly. The 21-year-old completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during his rookie season.

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King was also asked how well he thought Gase and Gregg Williams would get along, considering they both are known for having fiery personalities.

“I think it depends on how much autonomy Adam Gase gives Gregg Williams. If you look at the way, for instance, the Rams operate: Wade Phillips is the head coach of the defense. When the defense is on the field, for the most part, Sean McVay is over there … with Goff. Every coaching situation is different. Gregg Williams is going to need to be autonomous, in my opinion, with the defense of this team. And my understanding is he will have the ability to be autonomous unless Gase sees something he doesn’t like.”

Listen to Peter King's full interview with "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" above.