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Report: Adam Gase Relinquishes Jets' Play-Calling Duties to OC Dowell Loggains

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2020

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

The New York Jets have struggled immensely this season, starting 0-6. So head coach Adam Gase is making some changes. 

According to Brian Costello of the New York Post and Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Gase has relinquished play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.     

Gase, 42, was ostensibly hired based on his reputation for being an offensive guru. Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said in September that the head coach has a "brilliant offensive mind."

He earned that reputation with the Denver Broncos as the team's offensive coordinator between 2013-14, when the team finished first in scoring and yardage in his first season and second in points and fourth in yardage in his second campaign. 

But perhaps that had more to do with the brilliance of Peyton Manning than anything else. Since then as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears (2015), head coach of the Miami Dolphins (2016-18) and head coach of the Jets (2019-present), Gase has never had a top-20 offense in yardage and has had exactly one top-20 offense in points (the 2017 Dolphins, who finished 17th). 

The 2020 Jets came into Sunday 32nd in scoring offense and 31st in yards. Suffice to say, the perception of Gase as a "brilliant offensive mind" doesn't seem to be shared outside of Johnson's offices.

Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN

Adam Gase's offense had 13 first downs last week. Dowell Loggains' offense has 13 first downs in three drives today. #TakeFlight #BUFvsNYJ

trey wingo @wingoz

If Adam Gase gives up play calling to Dowell Loggains..and the offense looks better..and Gase’s label is an offensive guru... what does that tell us?

As Costello noted, Gase has been the play-caller at every stop, though a change is something he's considered before. 

"I think for the last four years, I've toyed with the idea every once in a while," he said of giving up play-calling duties earlier in October. "I don't think I'm ever opposed to trying something to change things up. I'd say everything's on the table at this point."

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