After a 10-day search, the Jets have decided to hire the former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase as their new head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who is not authorized to speak publicly about it.
The hire was first reported by ESPN and NFL Network. A formal announcement is expected on Thursday.
Gase spent the past three seasons in Miami, where he went 23-25 with one postseason appearance. But he led the Dolphins to wins over the Jets in five of their six meetings, including twice in 2018. The Jets’ braintrust made the calculation that since they could not beat him, why not hire him?
Considered a rising star when he was brought to Miami in 2016, not long after he had helped Peyton Manning lead the highest-scoring offense in N.F.L. history as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, Gase checks several boxes for Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson and General Manager Mike Maccagnan, who led the search. He is a young but experienced coach with a reputation as an innovative offensive playcaller and quarterback guru — someone who can potentially steer quarterback Sam Darnold in the right direction as he builds on his rookie season.
The Jets had reportedly winnowed a large candidate pool down to the former Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy, who mentored quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as well as Baylor University Coach Matt Rhule.