New York Jets: Adam Gase and his time with the Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

As we go through the background of New York Jets coach Adam Gase, we go back to his time with the Denver Broncos and do uncover an unlikely positive.

The New York Jets have hired Adam Gase as their head coach and he is busy working on hiring a coaching staff. Gregg Williams has been hired as the defensive coordinator, a great move for this group.

Fans of this site know I am not a fan of this head coaching hire, but here we are. We move ahead with him as the coach.

We have been going back through his history and our first stop was his time in Miami. Spoiler alert, there wasn’t much to get excited about there.

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Now we make our way back to his time in Denver. A lot of it is more of the same, but there is a positive in there if we dig a little.

Gase began coaching the wide receivers from 2009-2010. There was nothing really to see there so we skip that quickly.

Let’s jump ahead to his offensive coordinator years for a moment. We’ll move backward at the end.

Gase was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2013 and his term lasted two years.

A lot is made of that season both because they were ranked 1st overall in DVOA (per Football Outsiders) and because Peyton Manning threw for 55 touchdowns.

The next season the Broncos were ranked 3rd overall in DVOA, which sent Adam Gase off to the same job in Chicago the next year after John Fox got fired.

Great job, right? Two things. First, before Gase took over the Denver offense in 2012, they were already ranked 2nd. He didn’t have much to change.

Secondly, he had PEYTON MANNING as his quarterback. Does anyone really think that Gase had an influence on Manning? Certainly not.

So, more of the same, right? Where is this big positive about Adam Gase? Good question, and I will tell you.

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Adam Gase was the team quarterback coach from 2011-2012. When he took over the position coach, he had a player on the roster that now plays in the Mets organization.

If any of you have followed my work in the past, you know that I am no fan of Tim Tebow. I have never been of the opinion that he had the goods to be an NFL quarterback.

However, in 2011 credit has to be given. Tim Tebow won seven regular season games as the Broncos starting quarterback and won a playoff game. His stats were not great but he was a winner. Credit in part goes to Mike McCoy who was offensive coordinator, but some has to go to Gase.

If Gase could get production out of Tebow, imagine what he can get out of a capable quarterback like Sam Darnold. It is something to think about.

This doesn’t change my overall opinion of the hire, but it does remind us that Adam Gase is a good fit for a quarterback. That still could mean he should be an assistant, but now that he is the head coach we have to find the positives.

The future remains to be seen.