Anytime a Pro Bowler gives you a recommendation, a team has to listen.
If it's someone who is arguably the best quarterback to ever play, you pretty much have to blindly agree with what they're saying. That exactly what the New York Jets did when they found themselves in a head coaching pickle.
While weighing their options, it was a phone call from Peyton Manning that put Adam Gase over the edge to become the team's next head coach.
It was an exhaustive process that included countless discussions, but I’m told Jets CEO Christopher Johnson took a phone call on Tuesday night from an especially impressive reference who advocated for Adam Gase:— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 10, 2019
Aside from telling all of us to eat Papa John's, you have to believe this guy.
We all know how great Manning was throughout the course of his career, but it was Gase who actually pushed him over the top. During Gase's first year as the offensive coordinator in Denver, Manning broke the record for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season.
It's hard to make Manning better, but he did it. In fact, he made every single quarterback who has played under him better.
Offensive coordinator for the best season of Peyton Manning's career: Adam Gase— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) January 10, 2019
Offensive coordinator for the best/2nd best season of Jay Cutler's career: Adam Gase
Head coach for the best season of Ryan Tannehill's career: Adam Gase
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Can you even imagine having a coach who's crazy about football just like Manning is?
You'd think it would never happen in a million years, but that's why Gase received his stamp of approval.
Talk to Peyton Manning about Adam Gase. You'll find out a lot about him. Peyton was a maniac when it came to offense and Gase kept up with him. In Miami, he had nothing.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) January 10, 2019