I spent about 1.5 hours on Sunday evening putting together an entire post with tons of data showcasing why Gase is awful and why we should have known it based on his time with Miami (guess what, all of the down splits, situational splits, and general offensive production rates during his time with the Jets are fully in line with his Miami tenure....it's ******* pathetic). The other damning aspect I looked at was the difference in production between players' time with Gase and without. Lastly, I looked at how convenient it was that Gase always had a built in excuse because his teams always happened to be hit with the injury bug - and how a coach actually has a lot of influence on conditioning injuries.
However, I ultimately decided not to post it because everyone is out for Sam's blood because it's the easiest mouth-breathing take available, and I've already eaten so many buttfumbles and thumbdowns since Dec 2018 when it was even rumored that we'd be hiring Gase (a proven loser) over Kliff, Rhule (both first time coaches; i.e., unknowns) or McCarthy (SB winner).
I didn't want Sam in the draft, but after we picked him I did a ton of digging and started to like him. His progression in his rookie year with Bates was solid to the point where I was finally excited for a drafted Jets QB for the first time in my life. Then we hire Gase and already I was upset. Still, I thought, only 1 HC in NFL history has ever won a Lombardy trophy at his HC job, and maybe the Miami failure was just what Gase needed. Unfortunately, right out of the gate, it was obvious that Gase sucked. Sam's regression in year 2 until he had to make Gase change up his playbook was tangible. The combination of an extraordinarily easy final 8 games and his talk with Gase is what led his final year 2 numbers to look respectable, but from a purely developmental standpoint, it was marginal at best. He was still being put in positions where he'd have trouble deciphering the defense pre-snap and was still generally a 1 read QB until the play broke down, in which case he was terrific. Gase doesn't make anything easy for a young athlete playing QB; his offenses are designed for a Peyton/Matt Ryan/Phillip Rivers type.
Going into last year and this year, I didn't care what our record would be. I didn't care what the surrounding circumstances were. I wanted to see development. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened. We're at a point now where I'm essentially writing off his 3rd year after just the first game, because it's headed by Gase. We'll have Darnold on his rookie deal for 1 more year, and then will have to pay him a boatload of money for either his 5th year or an extension - and unfortunately, I have no idea what to expect out of him. Is he so far broken that he can't be fixed with another OC/HC? Or is his natural talent still so strong and he so young that this would just be a blip in the road and a real OC/HC would actually make a material difference - a la Harbough for Alex Smith? I have no idea, and it's such a remarkably sh*tty circumstance we're in all because we decided to hire the only proven loser available when we had other guys clamoring for the job specifically because of Darnold.
I'm at the point now where I genuinely hope they sit Sam, go 0-16 so they can draft Lawrence without having to give up any additional picks, fire Gase and the entire offensive coaching staff, and start over. Hopefully Douglas uses all of next year's picks on offense, and Trevor and Sam can fight it out in camp. I don't know what else to say. Even more than being upset about the all-world combination of Idzik and Macc running player personnel over the past 8 years, I'm so exhausted from being upset about the way they've handled the development of the first viable potential FQB we've had in my 34 year lifetime.