The New York Jets fired head coach Adam Gase hours after a loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday that concluded his two seasons in which the team went 9-23, including 2-14 this year.
“While my sincere intentions are to have stability in our organization — especially in our leadership positions — it is clear the best decision for the Jets is to move in a different direction,” Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement.
“We knew there was a lot of work that needed to be done when Adam joined us in 2019. Our strong finish last year was encouraging, but unfortunately, we did not sustain that positive momentum or see the progress we all expected this season.”
Jets have not made playoffs since 2010
The Jets lost a franchise-record 13 straight games to open the season and have gone five years without a winning record. They last made the playoffs in 2010.
“To our fans, it is obvious we have not been good enough,” Johnson said in a statement. “We are committed to building a strong organization, on and off the field, and will continue to provide the necessary resources to field a team that you can be proud of.”
The Jets simply haven’t been competitive under Gase, as 15 of the Jets’ 23 losses under his watch were by double digits. This season, they were outscored by 214 points.
Gase, whose contract runs through 2022, clashed with coaches and players. He fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after the team allowed a last-second touchdown pass in a Week 13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 6. He also couldn’t manage running back Le’Veon Bell and safety Jamal Adams.
Adams was traded to Seattle for a pair of first-round picks before this season, while Bell was released and quickly signed with Kansas City.
Gase, who was hailed for being astute offensively, saw the Jets struggle to move the ball, as they ranked last in yards per game in each of the past two seasons.
Quarterback Sam Darnold, drafted third overall in 2018, is last in quarterback rating among qualified passers. The Jets, after Sunday’s 28-14 loss to the Patriots, scored 243 points this season, 37 fewer than the next-worst team, the New York Giants.
The Jets had the inside track to earn the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after starting 0-13, but their two victories enabled Jacksonville (1-15) to grab the first pick.
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