The New York Jets need to replace Adam Gase.
Very few expected Adam Gase and the moribund New York Jets to actually challenge the San Francisco 49ers, but San Francisco getting ou to a 31-6 lead on the road with most of their star players injured is another black mark on Gase’s resume as a head coach.
Gase is all but assuredly gone in New York, and the Jets need to swing for the fences to replace him. These five candidates would be immediate upgrades over the embarrassing Gase.
These five candidates can replace Adam Gase in New York
Hiring a 57-year-old, first-time, defensive head coach might not be the sexiest option in the world, but “Wink” has been every bit as influential in turning the Ravens around as offensive coordinator Greg Roman has been on that side of the ball.
Martindale has been a linebackers coach in the NFL since 2004, assuming control of Baltimore’s vaunted defense in 2018. After that move, Baltimore’s defense vaunted into the top 10 in several categories over the course of both 2018 and 2019.
If Martindale can hit a home run with his offensive coordinator hire and instill his trademark fiery style of defense on that end, the Jets might finally get back to their winning ways.
The temptation to go for a young, offensive coach given the presence of Sam Darnold is tempting, but having a strong leader at the head coach spot and an ironclad defense has been a time-tested way to construct a winning football team. If Martindale is able to sell Jets ownership on his vision for the future, look for the Jets to return to the physical Rex Ryan days.