New York Jets head coach Adam Gase denied a report from WFAN’s Craig Carton that he’s already been notified of his impending dismissal.
On Tuesday, WFAN’s Craig Carton hopped on his afternoon drive show with Evan Roberts to make a little announcement—one that would see a bulk of the New York Jets fan base jump for joy.
The Jets had already notified Gase that he would be relieved of his coaching duties at the conclusion of Week 17’s game against the New England Patriots, according to Carton.
— WFAN Sports Radio (@WFAN660) December 29, 2020
“Christopher Johnson had made his decision to fire Adam Gase,” Carton announced.
Just a day later, the head coach flat-out rejected the notion on his regularly-scheduled Wednesday Zoom call.
“That was news to me,” Gase said when asked if there was any truth to the report by ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “No one has said that to me.”
Adam Gase on Craig Carton's WFAN report that he's already been told he will be relieved of his duties.
"That's news to me." #TakeFlight
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Gase, 42, has led his team to two consecutive victories over winning teams, but he’s also been at the helm for one of the worst stretches in Jets history.
After an 0-4 start to the 2019 season, New York rebounded a bit, finishing 7-9. Starting 0-13 this season washed away most doubt as it concerned a possible third-year for the former Peyton Manning offensive coordinator.
“I learned, probably when I was 22 years old, Nick Saban told me (that) you do your job until somebody tells you differently,” Gase added. “So, that’s what I’m going to be focused on. My job is to get us ready to go for this Sunday, and we’re going to try to win the game.”
The Jets offense ranks dead last with a cool 275.3 yards per game, 21.9 yards behind the 31st ranked team, the New York Giants. Former first-round pick Sam Darnold hasn’t improved under his time with Gase, a hit the offensive mind hasn’t lived down.
Gase and the Jets wrap up their 2020 season this Sunday in New England against Bill Belichick’s Patriots.