Jets owner Chris Johnson has reportedly informed Gase he will be fired at the end of the season, according to Craig Carton on WFAN.
— WFAN Sports Radio (@WFAN660) December 29, 2020
This does not come as much of a surprise even in light of the recent victories.
Gase was hired ahead of the 2019 season with the hopes he could help develop Sam Darnold into a franchise quarterback. After a rough start to the year, New York won six of its last eight games, with Darnold, in particular, showing big signs of growth. It seemed like a small victory.
But there were also indicators Gase might not be the right man for the job. For starters, Darnold was atrocious in play-action and showed very little progression in that regard. Additionally, Gase beefed with the likes of Le'Veon Bell and lost trust with All-Pro safety Jamal Adams.
The writing might have been on the wall when the Jets traded Adams to the Seattle Seahawks. New York would later cut Bell after struggling to get the running game going, and Darnold's early-season failures left Gase on the hot seat quite early.
Although the Jets have allowed Gase to coach out the remainder of the 2020 season, it appears the franchise will head in another direction in 2021.
Hiring a new head coach will be the first item on the mandate, but general manager Joe Douglas will also have to decide how confident the organization is in Darnold going forward. The Jets are slated to have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft, and might well select a quarterback.