Jets head coach Adam Gase: Worrying about being on hot seat ‘wasted energy’
The walls appear to be closing in on Adam Gase, but the embattled New York Jets head coach insisted Tuesday that he is not consumed with worry over his job security.
Speaking to the media in the wake of the Jets’ latest blowout loss — a 36-7 defeat at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts that dropped the squad to 0-3 — Gase made it clear that he is entirely focused on notching a win Thursday night against the similarly winless Denver Broncos.
Adam Gase on speculation about his job:— Jets Videos (@snyjets) September 29, 2020
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“I can’t focus on that,” Gase said. “It’s wasted energy for me. It’s not going to help me at all. All I can do is make sure I get our guys in the right headspace to go out there on Thursday and play well.”
The Jets have been nothing close to competitive this season under Gase’s guidance, having been outscored 94-37 in three ugly losses. After rallying last season following a miserable start to lead the team to a 7-9 record, the fact that Gase’s squad has again stumbled out of the gate has led to the belief that his job is indeed in jeopardy.
Reporting prior to Sunday’s loss to the Colts suggested that Gase is “under more intense scrutiny this week” by Jets brass, so Thursday’s showdown with the Broncos could be a must win for the beleaguered second-year coach.
In fact, it’s widely assumed that Gase may likely be the first NFL head coach to lose his job this season, something that apparently would leave the team’s disgruntled fan base quite pleased.
That being said, Gase did receive the sometimes-dreaded vote of confidence from Jets owner Christopher Johnson earlier this month, but those assurances came before the Jets’ last two poor showings.
What’s more, such statements by team leadership rarely guarantees a coach any semblance of job security in any instance, much less in the wake of how horribly the Jets have played in recent weeks.