The New York Jets have hired a new Head Coach, and his name is not Mike McCarthy. The 4-12 Jets hired Adam Gase, former Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins. Gase was fired by the Dolphins after he went 7-9 this season, bringing his three-season record at the helm to 23-25.
Former Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was considered the front runner for the job, with reports surfacing earlier in the week that the Johnson family, who own the Jets, were “enamored” with McCarthy and his resume.
NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that McCarthy, 55, would only consider the Head Coach position for the Jets. With that position now filled, it seems as though McCarthy’s hands are tied – intentionally or not.
McCarthy has not interviewed for either remaining head coaching vacancy in Miami or Cincinnati. His future remains in doubt. NFL Network confirmed a report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora stating that McCarthy is expected to refrain from coaching in 2019 if not offered the Jets job.
So why was McCarthy snubbed for the Jets job?
It could be because of his age – he turns 56 during the next NFL season. Gase, who turns 41 in March, fits right into the trend of teams hiring young coaches. He follows in the footsteps of Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan, Matt Nagy, and Matt LaFleur, all of whom are 40 or younger. Although the NFL is a copy-cat league, it is difficult to imagine that McCarthy’s age would outweigh his resume.
Perhaps McCarthy was overlooked due to the rift that had developed in his relationship with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers in recent years. Rodgers publicly called out McCarthy for poor play calling and for lack of innovation in the offense. Rumor states that Rodgers would change every play call given by McCarthy towards the end of his tenure in Green Bay. The icy relationship between the two gained national attention from the small market of Green Bay. Maybe the Jets organization is simply protecting both Sam Darnold and McCarthy from issues being heightened in the New York media.
Or maybe it was the lack of innovation in McCarthy’s offense that lost him the job. His offense requires winning a lot of one-on-one matchups down the field, something that was finding less and less success in recent years with Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams – it’s hard to imagine Sam Darnold and Robby Anderson finding more success.
Some accuse McCarthy of being on cruise control for the last few years, claiming that his days of developing quarterbacks and evolving offenses are behind him.
Whatever it was that lost Mike McCarthy the Jets job, the organization has to live with the fact that they had a Super Bowl winning coach in their grasp and let him go. In fact, only 12 coaches in the history of the NFL have more playoff wins than Mike McCarthy.
Adam Gase was the offensive coordinator for the number one ranked Broncos offense in 2013, the year they lost to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. There are plenty of differences between that team and the current Jets, beginning with the quarterbacks – Peyton Manning threw for 55 touchdowns in his 15th season that year.
This is the most important off-season in the history of the Jets franchise. Sam Darnold’s development into a franchise quarterback will rely heavily on the offense Adam Gase utilizes and the pieces put around him.
With regard to McCarthy, the Jets have to hope that Gase is the right fit. It would pain the Jets fanbase to watch McCarthy find success somewhere else in the upcoming years.
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