Jets’ Adam Gase wouldn’t let Sam Darnold audible on 4th and 1 vs 49ers
The New York Jets chose to go for it on fourth and one in the first half of Sunday’s contest versus the San Francisco 49ers. Even though Darnold noticed a void in San Francisco’s defensive line, Adam Gase wouldn’t allow Sam Darnold to audible out of the called play.
In the second quarter of the Jets’ blowout loss to the 49ers at home, Gase elected to try and convert a fourth-and-one play. When Darnold got to the line of scrimmage, he noticed there was a gaping hole between the center and the left guard.
Similar to most quarterbacks, Darnold thought to himself that it would have been a wise idea to audible to a quarterback sneak to take advantage of the glaring weakness in San Francisco’s defensive front. However, Gase refused to let him audible and had Darnold hand the ball off to Josh Adams of the Jets, only to be stopped for no gain.
Despite not converting on the play, Gase uttered, “That’s my call” when asked about the fourth down play for the Jets. Darnold would reiterate what Gase said and shared he doesn’t have the go-ahead from Gase to call an audible.
“Adam said it best,” Darnold said. “I don’t have the option to do that. We were worried about executing the play. If we execute the play call, we have a first down and no one would be talking about it.”
Ever since Gase was hired by the Jets last season, there has been constant criticism of his handling of the offense and the entire team. And even though Darnold somewhat defended his decision, Gase’s refusal to give Darnold more control in the offense appears to be another blunder in his short tenure in New York.