Former Jets HC Adam Gase Reportedly Spoke to Seahawks About OC Vacancy

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2021

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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The Seattle Seahawks have discussed their offensive coordinator vacancy with former Miami Dolphins and New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler

Per that report, they also are planning to speak to Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka "at some point" and are "casting [a] wide net to get some new ideas for Russell Wilson and company."

The Seahawks moved on from offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer this offseason, with head coach Pete Carroll telling reporters he wanted a more run-oriented focus on that side of the ball:

"I want to see if we can run the ball more effectively to focus the play of the opponents and see if we can force them to do things like we'd like them to do more, like we have been able to do that in the past. That doesn't mean we're going to run the ball 50 times a game. It means we need to run the ball with direction and focus and style that allows us to dictate the game."

Warren Sharp @SharpFootball

I can see the appeal of Adam Gase to Pete Carroll... no team called more early down runs when trailing than Gase did last year... and he had a top-4 run rate on 2nd & 10

Gase, 42, went just 32-48 in five seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins (2016-18) and New York Jets (2019-20), including New York's dreadful 2-14 campaign this year. 

He made a name as a cutting-edge offensive mind during his time as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos between the 2013 and '14 seasons, with the Broncos finishing first in both yards and points in 2013 and second in points and fourth in yards in 2014. 

But between his one season as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator and his five years as a head coach, Gase's offenses have not ranked in the top half of the league in either points or yards since. That raises the question: Was Gase's early success more a product of his partnership with Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning? 

After all, Gase had two seasons with Ryan Tannehill as his quarterback in Miami. In those two years, Tannehill threw for 36 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in 24 games. This year for the Tennessee Titans, Tannehill threw for a career-high 33 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He's been reborn in Tennessee. 

In New York, Gase was never able to develop Sam Darnold into a player who looked like a true franchise quarterback.  

Perhaps reverting back to simply being an offensive coordinator—and working with a player of Wilson's caliber—would bring the best out of Gase. It's fair to argue he hasn't exactly earned the benefit of the doubt, however.