Kyle Shanahan Praises Gase, Darnold: 'You Guys Have to Be Patient'

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By RADIO.COM

For many, Adam Gase's seat is as hot as any in the NFL. He's only been in town for a year and one game, but patience is growing thin within the Gang Green fan base.

When the sportsbooks catch on, that's when you know the concern is real.

But there are a select view who don't think the NFL community should rush to the conclusion that he should be fired. For one, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson has shown his support of Gase even after a rough Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Another coach who suffered a tough defeat to open up the 2020 NFL season -- albeit a more surprising one -- was 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. However, he's coming off of a brilliant season in which he led San Francisco to a Super Bowl appearance in just his third year on the job.

He, too, had high praise for the Jets head coach, linking his own experiences in San Francisco -- he went 10-22 over his first two years there -- to Gase's.

"When you're starting out and you take over a team and turn over the hump, it's always a challenge," Shanahan said (via Jets team reporter Ethan Greenberg). "You have to change the culture, you have to find a way to win. There's lots of ups and downs going through that and I've been through that plenty of times. You have to block out the noise, stick to what you believe in and keep training those guys to do it in one direction."

For Gase, there's a lot of noise to block out. Much of it stems from the performance of Sam Darnold, the team's hopeful franchise quarterback who has not, to this point, proven that he will live up to the lofty expectations placed upon him.

However, Shanahan likes the work that Gase has done with Darnold during their short time together.

"Adam has been great with quarterbacks, they all like working for him," Shanahan said. "He's a guy who players can carry conversations with and it's not just a one-way street. I know Adam is working his tail off to help improve things around Sam.

"You guys have to be patient with both of them, they'll end up coming through."

Understandably, patience may be hard to come by throughout the Jets fan base; they've been waiting for a playoff team to root for and haven't heard their calls been answered over the past ten years. The only winning season in that span came in 2015 under head coach Todd Bowles, though their 10-6 record wasn't good enough to secure a playoff spot in the tightly contested AFC.

Sam Darnold can be the answer to those prayers, though, says Shanahan.

"I'm a big fan of Sam's," Shanahan said. "He's a very good player. He's going to have a very good career in this league. He makes a lot of plays. If you're not on your stuff, if you let him get comfortable back there, he'll pick you apart as good as any quarterback. He can throw it very well and he sees the field extremely well."

The Jets and the 49ers square off this Sunday as each team tries to put a tally in the win column. San Francisco is a fairly heavy favorite, despite being the road team, with the point spread set at -7 in their favor. The 49ers are 10-3 against the Jets throughout the series history, though New York took the most recent game, in 2016, by the score of 23-17.

Ready for a time warp? The quarterbacks in that contest were Colin Kaepernick and Bryce Petty.

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