October 12, 2020 | 6:24pm
The Jets didn’t look any better on Monday. There was no practice.
But as soon as Sunday’s game in Miami, the team could see a great change.
With the Jets abysmal offense contributing to the team losing its first five games in a season for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, head coach Adam Gase said Monday that he will consider relinquishing his offensive play-calling duties.
Since becoming an offensive coordinator with Denver in 2013, Gase has always served as his team’s play-caller — including three seasons as Dolphins head coach (2016-18) and 21 games with the Jets — only surrendering the responsibility during various preseason games.
But now, Gase’s job appears in jeopardy less than halfway through his four-year contract. Now, the 42-year-old — described as a “brilliant offensive mind” by owner Christopher Johnson earlier this season — is open to any change that could resuscitate the offense.
“I think for the last four years, I’ve toyed with the idea every once in a while,” Gase said. “I don’t think I’m ever opposed to trying something to change things up. I’d say everything’s on the table at this point.”
It must be.
Despite being hired with the reputation as an offensive mastermind — largely built upon his direction of a record-setting Broncos offense, led by five-time MVP Peyton Manning — Gase hasn’t guided a top-20 offense or had an offense that averaged more than 23 points per game since leaving Denver after the 2014 season.
In Gase’s final season in Miami before being fired, the Dolphins ranked 31st in the league in total offense (289.9), 30th in passing yards per game (181.3) and 26th in scoring (19.9). In his first season in New York, the Jets ranked last in total offense (273.0), 31st in rushing yards (78.6), 29th in passing yards (194.4) and 31st in scoring (17.3), while Gase’s former Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a career-year and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year, leading the Titans to the AFC Championship game.
Following Sunday’s 30-10 home loss to the Cardinals, the Jets rank last in the league in points per game (15.0), 31st in total yards (279.4) and last in passing yards (176.0), having scored a total of six touchdowns through five games.
The play-calling change may not come Sunday. Heading south to take on Gase’s former team, the Jets will face a Miami defense ranked 18th in the league in yards allowed per game (379.6) after facing three units ranked in the top 10 in total defense this season.
The change may never come at all. But if Gase were willing to give up what he described as “the best part of the job” in a WFAN interview shortly after being hired in January 2019, it’s unclear who would assume the responsibility. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has served under Gase the past three seasons, but previously spent two years as Chicago’s offensive coordinator and play-caller. Running backs coach Jim Bob Cooter could also be an option, having been Detroit’s offensive coordinator from 2016 to 2018.
Ultimately, Gase may decide a change in play-caller won’t change the team’s chances. But how could change hurt?
“I’m considering everything,” Gase said. “I’m just looking at everything and just trying to figure out. Whatever can help us turn things in the right direction, I’ll be all for it.”