The New York Jets are on the verge of going 0-16 for the season. It finally seems that their head coach, Adam Gase, is acknowledging the colossal failure.
On Wednesday, Gase talks about how he is failing his boss, CEO Christopher Johnson. Gase says that it is unacceptable for his team to be as bad as they are. And more importantly, he says that he is thankful for the time working as the coach of his team.
“He knows how I [feel]. I’ve told him multiple times. He deserves better, especially with how he is with our players, our staff, coaches… anybody involved in this organization. I mean, I couldn’t ask for to work for a better guy.”
These comments certainly feel like they are marking the end of Gase’s tenure as head coach in New York.
Adam Gase’s Tough Run as Head Coach
Johnson has not spoken about the team’s dealings since their first game. Since then, Johnson has remained silent about the team. But, after this season concludes, many are expecting that Johnson will fire Gase.
Gase has not been a great head coach for the team. His career record as the Jets’ coach is 7-22. And to make things worse, he holds a franchise record with 13 straight losses. Moreover, it may extend to 16 losses in a row.
Regardless of these significantly awful statistics, Gase says that he feels he’s let Johnson down this year. But, the coach remains reflective while talking about his experience working for Johnson.
“Yes [I’ve let him down]. You try to figure out where things went wrong and what we can change. It’s like you’re trying to evaluate things as you go and adjust. But at the end of the day, it’s about winning. We haven’t done that. For him not to feel a playoff feel, of being competitive in December, it’s disappointing to me that we haven’t been able to do that for him.”
Exactly How Bad are the Jets?
To make matters worse, the Jets have been the doormats of the NFL for many years. In fact, their last winning season came half of a decade ago in 2015. But, they still have yet to make the playoffs since 2010.
And this year in particular has been awful. The Jets boast a point differential of minus 210 points. This mark is only four shy of the worst in franchise history.
The team is scoring an average of just 14.1 points per game while allowing 30.2 points against. This also means that if the team finishes at 0-16 and continues this pace, they will have a place in history. In fact, they will be the first team to score fewer than 15 points per game while allowing more than 30 against in a single season.
The Jets’ starting quarterback has taken a ton of criticism this year. Sam Darnold’s regression has been one of the most talked-about subjects when the Jets’ mismanagement of the team surfaces. Gase, now though, says that he will take the blame for the quarterback’s poor play this year.
“I came here to help him, help him develop his career, and we haven’t been able to do that.”
Gase, Darnold, and the Jets have arguably the toughest test of the year this coming week against the LA Rams. It seems unlikely that the first win of the season will come against the Rams.
Despite this awful season, Gase and Johnson actually have a really close relationship. Gase says that the CEO is never upset but that he does want to win more.
“He’s like the rest of us. He wants to win as much as we do.”
So, the conversation now looks to be shifting to who will be the next head coach for the jets.