Adam Gase still is the coach of the Jets.
That may come as disheartening news to the their disgruntled fans, but Jets players are genuinely happy about that.
Gase endured a rough week after the Jets were humiliated by previously winless Miami. Radio talk show hosts called for his dismissal and an airplane flew over New York this weekend with a banner that read “Fire Adam Gase Now.”
“He can handle anything,” Sam Darnold said. “It’s not fun, but it’s something you’ve just got to have blinders on.”
According to his players, the embattled coach never took his focus away from Sunday’s game, and Gase got a little redemption with a 34-27 win over the Giants. One victory won’t change how the fans feel, but it’s obvious that Gase’s players have his back.
“He’s great,” Darnold said. “There’s no flinch in him. I think that kind of ripples throughout the team. When you’ve got a head coach that’s just going to continue to work no matter what the circumstances are, no matter what people are saying about him, that’s a really good thing.”
It’s doubtful that Gase would have been fired if the Jets had lost to the Giants. Football coaches are not fired midway through their first season on the job, especially when the Jets have dealt with so many injuries and so much adversity. CEO Christopher Johnson is expected to evaluate everything after the season.
“I love Adam Gase for the fact that he was happy about the win, but he’s not satisfied,” Le’Veon Bell said. “He wants to continue winning, he wants to continue moving up. That’s how I am.”
Gase’s future will be tied to how much Darnold improves and how competitive the Jets are the remainder of the season.
They came out ready to play Sunday as Darnold led two touchdown drives on their first two series of the game.
“I’m glad our guys played well,” Gase said.
The Jets believe they turned a corner with Sunday’s win. Darnold’s message to the fans: Just be patient.
“It’s just about sticking with it,” he said. “Sticking with the process and understanding that we’ve got a good squad and we’ve got a really good head coach, really good offensive and defensive staffs. It’s just about putting it together as players.”