In unsurprising news this week, Jacksonville Jaguars claimed the number 1 draft pick after losing to the Indianapolis Colts, water is wet, and Adam Gase has been fired as coach of the New York Jets.
Gase’s exit had been expected following a 2-14 season in the AFC East, where the Jets lost 13 games in a row from the start of the season before registering back-to-back wins against two playoff-bound teams in the Los Angeles Rams (23-20) and Cleveland Browns (23-16).
The Jets offense was also ranked dead last out of all 32 teams in the NFL, falling one position from the 2019 season when they ranked 31st.
Curiously, the two games Gase did win this season, may have been a negative for the Jets, who will now pick second in the forthcoming 2021 NFL Draft behind the 1-15 Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jets CEO Johnson’s Statement
CEO of the Jets Christopher Johnson announced the decision following the final game of the season, which the Jets lost to the New England Patriots 28-14.
Statement from Christopher Johnson.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) January 4, 2021
The Jets will now be looking for a new Head Coach to come in and try and turn the franchise around after yet another season of disappointment for the green half of New York.
Who Could Come in as HC at the Jets?
However, is there anybody available that could come in and do any better job than Gase has, with
the current Jet’s roster? What could a new coach do in Free Agency and in the Draft to make this team a challenger to Buffalo, Miami and New England in the AFC East?
One name on the list is Eric Bieniemy, the offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs. From Andy Reid’s stable that includes the likes of Ron Rivera, Doug Pederson and John Harbaugh, Bieniemy may not call the plays on offense, but he has played a key role in the Chiefs becoming the steamrollering offensive juggernaut that they have been the past two seasons.
Speaking of potent offenses, Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith is another to be considered, given the fact that he has managed to get the very best not just out of running back Derrick Henry, but also quarterback Ryan Tannehill, not to mention nurturing one of the best 1-2 receiver combos in the NFL in AJ Brown and Corey Davis.
Other names being thrown into the hat include Pat Fitzgerald, the headocach of Northwestern University who has earned plaudits turning the Wildcats into a very consistent program.
You can say something very similar too about Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell, although his chances may be tainted having already turned down a chance to interview with the Jets a couple of years back.
What would the new coach have to work with in New York?
There’s no easy way to put this; not a lot. They do have a standout Left Tackle in Mekhi Becton, while Defensive Tackle Quinnen Williams is the best defensive player on the team. There are some youngsters that have shown some glimpses of real talent, such as WR Denzel Mims and Safety Ashtyn Davis, while veteran Jamison Crowder has been their most potent player on offense this season.
However, that’s slim pickings for a team that has multiple needs to address in the draft and free agency. Most notably at quarterback, where the Sam Darnold experiment seems to be over.
A top quarterback, three starters on the O-line, a decent pass-catching tight end, at least two serviceable wide-receivers, a running back who can play every down, a pass rusher, an entirely new set of linebackers plus a new defensive backfield are all genuine requirements for the team.
So whoever does come into the Jets has a LOT of work to do and in a division with Buffalo running rampant, it looks to be a task that will take at least two, maybe three season’s to complete.
The Bills are the clear second favourites to win the AFC Championship behind the Chiefs (at +350 with PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook) and building a Jets team to close the gap on Buffalo, as well as Miami and New England is going to be a huge task.