Jets make it of­fi­cial, hire for­mer Dol­phins coach Gase

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NEW YORK — The New York Jets of­fi­cially have Adam Gase in place.

The team an­nounced the hir­ing of the for­mer Mi­ami Dol­phins coach as their head coach Fri­day after com­ing to an agree­ment on Wed­nes­day night.

Gase will be for­mally in­tro­duced as the Jets’ coach at a news con­fer­ence Mon­day at the team’s fa­cil­ity in Florham Park, New Jersey. The 40-year-old Gase was 23-26 in three years with Mi­ami, in­clud­ing a play­off game in the 2016 sea­son, be­fore be­ing fired last week.

“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,” Jets chair­man and CEO Christo­pher John­son said in a state­ment on the team’s web­site. “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.”

Gase’s hir­ing ended a wide-open search for New York, which fired Todd Bowles after the sea­son fi­nale and then met with seven other coaches about their va­cancy, in­clud­ing Mike McCarthy, Kris Richard, Jim Cald­well, Eric Bie­niemy, Todd Monken, Matt Rhule and Kliff Kings­bury, who took the Ari­zona Car­di­nals job.

Gase is the Jets’ first hire with pre­vi­ous full-time NFL head coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence since Bill Par­cells’ three-year ten­ure from

1997-99. He’s also the first of­fense-fo­cused coach since Rich Kotite in 1996. Gase will be tasked with fur­ther­ing the de­vel­op­ment of quar­ter­back Sam Darnold and help­ing New York snap an eight-year post­sea­son drought.

“Adam is a young, cre­ative mind, but he also has

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

Gase be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer as an as­sis­tant at LSU, be­fore tak­ing po­si­tions in the NFL with Detroit, San Francisco and Den­ver — where he was pro­moted to of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and drew rave re­views from Pey­ton Man­ning. The for­mer quar­ter­back called John­son on Wed­nes­day to give Gase a glow­ing en­dorse­ment.

Darnold also spoke with Gase dur­ing the in­ter­view process.

“I’m just re­ally, re­ally pumped to have this at­ti­tude and buzz around this team,” Darnold said in a story posted on the team’s web­site. “And I think our fans can re­ally look for­ward to scor­ing a lot of points and hav­ing a lot of, I guess, fire­works ev­ery sin­gle Sun­day.”

Jeff Haynes / As­so­ci­ated Press

Mi­ami Dol­phins head coach Adam Gase talks with his quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill be­fore a game against the Min­nesota Vik­ings Dec. 16 in Minneapolis. Gase will be in­tro­duced as the coach of the New York Jets on Mon­day.

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