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It’s too early to give up on Jets’ Adam Gase

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It's too early to give up on Jets' Adam Gase



He was 0-4 to start his first season in his second stint as an NFL coach and nothing was going right. The offense had not reached 20 points in any of his first four games. Those who thought he was a bad hire based on his failure in his first job began to point and say, “See. We told you.”

This is an accurate description of Jets coach Adam Gase. It also describes Bill Belichick, whose 2000 Patriots started off 0-4.

Read this carefully: I am not saying Gase is going to become Belichick. What I’m saying is we have no idea what kind of coach Gase will be with the Jets four games into his tenure. It is way, way too soon to make judgments on how Gase’s tenure with the Jets will play out.

Belichick is Exhibit A in this argument. He was 5-13 as the Patriots coach when Mo Lewis changed NFL history with his hit on Drew Bledsoe.

Most new coaches need time. Teams don’t change usually coaches because they are good. Gase inherited a bad Jets team with plenty of holes on the roster. Things then got more complicated for him when Sam Darnold contracted mononucleosis and missed three of the first four games.

To judge Gase off of the first month of the season is ridiculous. Particularly when you consider he has been playing a quarterback for most of the last three games who will be the answer to a trivia question in 10 years and the Jets have played the winners of four of the last five Super Bowls on the road in their last two games.

I’m not arguing that Gase has done a good job. He needs to solve the team’s offensive line problems. He should have been more conservative with his hope for Darnold to return last week. There are things he can do better. But people also need to view this from 50,000 feet and acknowledge what Gase is dealing with here.

It seems this is the way things go now. There is no time for patience. There are television debate shows that need topics. Radio shows need someone to scream about. Everyone with an iPhone can share their opinions. “Fire the coach!” always seems to be the answer.

Look through NFL history, though, and there are plenty of Hall of Fame coaches who made a bad first impression before getting things fixed.

Tom Landry went 0-11-1 with the Cowboys in 1960 and had six straight losing seasons to start his career. Chuck Noll’s 1969 Steelers finished 1-13, the first of three losing seasons for Noll before winning four Super Bowls. Bill Walsh led the 49ers to a 2-14 record in 1979 and then won the Super Bowl two years later.

Closer to home, Giants fans were ready to run Bill Parcells out of town after a 3-12-1 year in 1983, his first in charge of Big Blue. They were celebrating in Pasadena three seasons later.

Jets fans should know how deceptive early results can be. Todd Bowles started off 4-1 in 2015 on the way to a 10-6 rookie season. Then, the wheels fell off. Bowles, Rex Ryan, Eric Mangini, Herm Edwards and Al Groh all had winning records in their first years and none of them worked out. Maybe Gase can go the other way.

This is going to take time for Gase and general manager Joe Douglas to fix. Darnold’s return is going to make a lot of things and people look better, but he is not a cure-all. The Jets have issues mainly due to poor drafting. They have chosen one offensive player with their last 11 first-round picks — Darnold. A parade of underachieving defensive linemen taken in the first round has caught up to the Jets. They have not drafted an offensive lineman in the first round since 2006. The last offensive skill player they drafted who made a Pro Bowl in a Jets uniform was Keyshawn Johnson. He was drafted in 1996, one year before Darnold was born.

Gase’s first season has not started off the way he or Jets fans hoped. But let’s not give him a final grade just yet.

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