New York Jets head coach Adam Gase told reporters after Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins, moving the team to 0-11 on the year, that he didn't take over the play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains during the contest.
When one reporter said that it appeared Loggains wasn't doing anything during the game, Gase pushed back.
"It's not hard. This isn't hard," he said. "We go through it the drive before. 'Hey, these are the three plays.' I do the third downs."
Gase added that he took over "some of the two-minute stuff" in the second half.
The Jets are a mess. They scored 20 or more points just once in their first eight games, with Loggains taking over play-calling duties in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills. The change seemed to invigorate the offense somewhat in a 30-27 Week 9 loss to the New England Patriots and a 34-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11, with a bye week between the two.
But things went sour again this week. How sour? The Jets finished with just 260 yards, gave up three sacks and two turnovers and were a putrid 3-of-13 on third-down attempts.
It's hard to imagine Gase surviving this season. The Jets are now 7-20 since he took over as head coach in 2019.
Gase isn't thinking about his job security, however, or at least not publicly.
"I'm not going to be concerned about anything with that," he told reporters after Sunday's loss. "I can control one thing and that's making sure I come to work every day and try to do the best I can with our guys and put them in the right position and try and help them get better."
The silver lining for the Jets, though, is that they remain on pace to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. That could afford them the chance to draft a potential future superstar at quarterback like Trevor Lawrence, with Sam Darnold showing very little indication he's a franchise player at the position.
The question will be who ultimately calls play for Lawrence if he indeed becomes a Jet. Chances are it won't be Gase.