The Jets will continue their search for their next head coach Friday with Adam Gase set to interview, according to multiple reports.
Former Dolphins coach Gase, who was fired on Monday, is considered a good offensive mind and has received plenty of support from Peyton Manning.
The two worked together in Denver, where Gase was the offensive coordinator when Manning threw an NFL-record 55 touchdown passes in 2013 and another 39 the following season. Denver finished in the top four in yards and points both seasons.
When Gase was hired by the Dolphins in 2016, Manning said, “Adam had a great impact on me during our years together . . . He’s an extremely hard worker, a grinder. He’s extremely bright on all things football, an excellent communicator and always eager to learn more.”
But Gase didn’t have much success in his three years with Miami. His quarterbacks were Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Jake Cutler and Brock Osweiler.
The Dolphins went 10-6 and reached the playoffs in Gase’s first season, but he went 13-19 the last two years. The Dolphins were next-to-last in yards this season and 26th in scoring.
The Jets are expected to hire a coach with a strong offensive background who can help Sam Darnold develop. The Jets’ last five head coaches cut their teeth on the defensive side. Todd Bowles, who was fired Sunday, was a defensive coordinator before becoming the Jets’ coach.
Gase was the wide receivers coach in Denver for two years and then quarterbacks coach for two more before becoming offensive coordinator. He also spent one season as the Bears’ offensive coordinator before taking over the Dolphins.
The Jets’ first known interview was with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on Wednesday in Kansas City. He has never been a head coach and is completing his first season as an offensive coordinator.
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said it’s not a requirement to have previous head-coaching experience but added that it would be “a big plus” if the person had developed a young quarterback. He called Darnold a “franchise quarterback.”
To that end, the Jets are expected to meet with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who helped Aaron Rodgers become one of the best quarterbacks in football. They won a Super Bowl together, but McCarthy was fired during the 2018 season amid some reported discord between them.
Brett Favre, who played for McCarthy with the Packers, believes his former coach would be a great hire. “I think what’s important with a coach and a quarterback is understanding their strengths and their weaknesses and where they are in their developmental stage and how you call plays and how much you place upon them,” Favre said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “ . . . As you see them grow, you say, ‘Can you handle the protection part of it?’ And you do that slowly. Mike does a really good job of that.”
Former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell is expected to interview for the Jets’ job, as is former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. Other known candidates include Cowboys passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Kris Richard and Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken.