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Adam Gase's Second Consecutive Terrible Showing for Jets Proves He Was Never the Right Hire

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Head coach Adam Gase of the New York Jets stands on the sidelines during the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Is it possible to fire a new head coach after two games? The New York Jets and their fans better hope that the answer is yes.

While the Jets were severely undermanned for their Monday Night matchup against the Cleveland Browns, that isn't an excuse for playing so poorly that they ended the first half with -13 total passing yards. Adam Gase's team put up a pathetic effort in all phases, and fell 23-3 to the Browns.

Instead of hiring a young, innovative offensive mind to help Sam Darnold grow as a passer, the Jets hired a retread in Gase, an "offensive genius" who has a resume that includes getting Gatorade for Peyton Manning when he set the passing yards and touchdown records in Denver and ranking both 31st in total yards and 25th in yards per play last year in Miami. He also brought with him offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who was a failure in Chicago and Miami.

They've set out to waste Le'Veon Bell's contract by putting him and Darnold in the most conservative, checkdown-heavy offense with no downfield shots, creativity, or ingenuity. Every drive is a run up the middle, a two-yard checkdown (likely to Bell), and a pass on third and short or a run on third and long.

This is what you would expect to see from a first-year defensive head coach in the 1970s, not an "offensive genius" with three years of head coaching experience.

As surprisingly well as Luke Falk played in his NFL debut, that shouldn't make Gase's or Loggains' seat any less hot given their terrible showings in Weeks 1 and 2.