Though one of the main story lines heading into Thursday night's "slugfest" between the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos has been that Adam Gase may very well be coaching for his job, it appears Jets fans should temper those expectations.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, those with knowledge of the situation don't seem to think this is a likely scenario.
"...It does not appear Gase's job hangs in the balance pending the result of the game," Rapoport writes. "According to those informed of the decision-making, the thinking is that firing Gase would not only be counterproductive in general, but also potentially damaging to quarterback Sam Darnold."
Previous reports, like the one below, contradict what Rapoport has now unearthed from his sources.
Rapoport adds that the Jets brass hopes that the Jets can undergo a similar mid-season transformation as the one they were able to accomplish in 2019, turning a 1-7 start into a 6-2 finish. While this certainly wouldn't help them in the sweepstakes for a new quarterback like Trevor Lawrence, as some think could be the right direction for the franchise to go in, it would also likely mean that Sam Darnold's performance will have turned around in addition to Gase's.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan expressed the belief that Gase is the right guy for the job, and that Jets fans should be patient in allowing the head coach to work his magic. Shanahan started his career in San Francisco with a 6-10 season, followed by a 4-12 season, and was able to miraculously turn around the team's fortunes with a 13-3 record in year three, 2019.
While Shanahan's team obviously had the required talent to pull off a 13-3 season, the 4-12 record the year prior could be similar to what Gase and the Jets pull off in 2020, the second season of Gase's tenure. Will Gase be able to keep his position after a 4-12 season, however, and attempt the same type of Herculean comeback that Shanahan pulled off in year three? That remains to be seen.