The Seattle Seahawks reportedly have shown interest in former New York Jets head coach Adam Gase to fill the vacant offensive coordinator position left behind by Brian Schottenheimer’s firing.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports Seattle and Gase have had a conversation with the Seahawks organization “casting a wide net” to try and best optimize Russell Wilson in their offense.
Gase had spent the prior two seasons in New York going a combined 9-23 as the Jets head coach, including a 2-14 campaign last season. Hired as an offensive head coach, his offenses ranked last in yards per game (273.0, 279.9) and points per game (17.3, 15.2) both seasons in New York.
Before then, he was Miami’s head coach for three seasons, making the AFC playoffs in 2016 and missing the postseason the next two years. Gase finished with a 23-25 record in Miami. The Dolphins needed to eat $5 million and $13.4 million of dead cap to trade Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee for a fourth-round pick after he failed to live up to expectations under Gase. In Tannehill’s first season away from Adam Gase, he led his team to the AFC Championship.
He’s not alone either, Kenyan Drake, Robby Anderson, DeVante Parker all had career rejuvenations after leaving Gase’s offenses.
Gase’s greatest NFL success came as Denver’s offensive coordinator when he and Payton Manning broke the NFL single-season scoring record in 2013. His offense scored just eight points in Super Bowl XLVIII, as all Seattle fans are well aware of.
In Gase’s last six seasons running NFL offenses, spanning three different franchises, his offenses have ranked 21st, 24th, 25th, 31st, 31st, 32nd.
Coincidentally, Gase coached Jamal Adams who forced his way out with a trade request but the Seattle safety said he had “no problem” with the former Jets head coach earlier this season.
“We had a solid relationship. I don’t hate Adam Gase, I have no problem with Adam Gase, I just didn’t feel he handled certain situations well as a head coach,” Adams said prior to playing New York. “And that’s just my opinion, everybody is entitled to their opinion, right? … I have no hate toward Adam. Obviously, things are not going in a positive way over there in New York with the record but, at the end of the day, man, I’m going out there to win a ball game.
“If Adam comes up to me and shakes my hand, I’ma shake his hand, there’s no love lost. Listen, I’m at peace, man, and I’m a different guy, I’m really a different guy. I’m still gonna talk my noise but I’m at peace with it, man.”
Fowler also reports Seattle plans to talk to Kansas City quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka. Other reported candidates have been former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Peterson.
Schottenheimer was fired after his offense failed to keep up its momentum from the first half of the season and “philosophical differences” between him and Pete Carroll. The Seahawks head coach has spoken multiple times about wanting to run the ball more and better next season.