Jets CEO sings Gase praises

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Jets CEO Christo­pher John­son waxed poetic Fri­day about new Jets head coach Adam Gase af­ter the team of­fi­cially an­nounced the hire.

John­son and gen­eral man­ager Mike Maccagnan chose Gase, who will be for­mally in­tro­duced at a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day, af­ter an ex­haus­tive process that in­cluded eight can­di­dates.

They picked Gase over qual­ity op­tions like for­mer Buc­ca­neers of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Todd Monken, Bay­lor head coach Matt Rhule and for­mer Pack­ers head coach Mike McCarthy.

“At the on­set of the in­ter­view process, I wanted to hire a head coach who was the right per­son and the right fit for our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” John­son said in a state­ment re­leased by the team. “We talked to a num­ber of ex­cel­lent can­di­dates and it be­came clear to me that Adam was the per­son who will help us es­tab­lish a win­ning pro­gram and a win­ning cul­ture.”

“Adam is a young, cre­ative mind, but he also has 22 years of coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. He is an in­no­va­tor whose path saw him suc­ceed at both the col­lege and the NFL lev­els,” John­son added. “He has helped a num­ber of dif­fer­ent quar­ter­backs, at var­i­ous stages of their ca­reers, reach new heights. We think Sam (Darnold) will con­tinue to de­velop un­der his tute­lage, but we made the de­ci­sion be­cause of Adam’s vision for the en­tire foot­ball team.”

Gase, who went 23-25 in three sea­sons in charge with the Dol­phins, has the goods to bring the best out of Darnold. Sources con­firmed that for­mer Browns in­terim head coach Gregg Wil­liams is on the short list to be Gase’s new de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

“This was a thor­ough process and we had the op­por­tu­nity to speak with some out­stand­ing peo­ple,” Maccagnan said in a state­ment. “Adam is an ex­pe­ri­enced teacher who has a great pas­sion for the game. His work with quar­ter­backs has been well-doc­u­mented, but he is a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor who will build an ex­cel­lent staff. He can’t wait to get started and I’m ea­ger to work with him as well.”

Darnold is all-in with Gase, who has done solid work with quar­ter­backs in his ca­reer.

“I couldn’t be more ex­cited about this, to be hon­est with you,” Darnold told the News Thurs­day. “I’m re­ally pumped about this op­por­tu­nity to be with Coach Gase ... with his mind and abil­ity to lead a team. He’s a good dude. The ex­cite­ment and the pas­sion that he has for the game is very con­ta­gious. I think that will rub off on a lot of the guys. ... I’m su­per pumped about this whole thing.”

Pro Bowl safety Ja­mal Adams also chimed in Fri­day.

“I’m so ex­cited about the news of Coach Gase com­ing to NYC!” Adams tweeted. “Ex­cited to have him lead us back to where we need to be. We got a long way to go, can’t wait to get to work!”

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Adam Gase is of­fi­cially an­nounced as new Jets coach on Fri­day, so far draw­ing praise from own­er­ship and play­ers.

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