Does Adam Gase Kill Player Value?
By Max Staley
It's been a tumultuous few seasons for the New York Jets, to say the least. Their head coach Adam Gase was hired last season to help build a competent offense around the team's franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold, and the results haven't been pretty.
In fact, the Jets are a bottom-five scoring offense, average the second-fewest yards per game, and are the worst offense in the league, per Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA rankings.
It's hard to put too much of the blame on Gase, as the Jets' offense isn't exactly loaded with top-tier talent, but a lot of his former players are thriving now that they've found themselves in new offensive systems.
DeVante Parker, Kenyan Drake and Ryan Tannehill all played under Gase with the Miami Dolphins. None were particularly effective during his tenure, but all three are enjoying career seasons on new teams.
Parker never had more than 750 receiving yards across the first four years of his career, and he's on a 16-game pace to rack up 1,090 yards (and nine TDs). Drake is averaging 91.2 yards from scrimmage since joining the Arizona Cardinals (his previous career high was 63.2).
Tannehill, of course, is playing at an elite level since taking over as the Tennessee Titans' starter. He leads the league in adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A), posting a mark of 9.8. No other passer is above 9.1 this season.
Tannehill is also third in the league in yards per completion (13.3), second in passer rating (114.6) and touchdown percentage (7.1).
It doesn't help that these players are thriving, while Le'Veon Bell is mired in the worst season of his career, in his first year under Gase.
Of course, we should note that Gase has proven himself as an offensive mind. Gase was the offensive coordinator during the Denver Broncos record-shattering 2013 campaign, and he was still the OC in 2014, when they were the league's second-best scoring offense. Additionally, Tannehill's highest-rated passing season in Miami did come in his first season under Gase.
While it's somewhat unfair to suggest a direct correlation between these former Dolphins leaving Gase and having career years, the results are certainly interesting.
Assuming he's still with the team next season, Gase still has time to flip the script on this narrative by turning this offense around in 2020. But his recent history is likely a little troubling for Jets fans.
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