Call Adam Gase King Midas because everything he touches turns to gold … as soon as he leaves. Like fellow NFL punchlines Jeff Fisher and Hue Jackson, Gase—once hailed as a “quarterback whisperer”—has become a cautionary tale, exemplifying everything a head coach should aspire not to be. Armed with a non-existent bedside manner and not nearly enough play-calling acumen to make up for it, the abrasive 43-year-old now finds himself out of football altogether and for good reason.
Sam Darnold’s renaissance in Carolina this season on the heels of an often-disastrous Jets tenure has made Gase the subject of renewed criticism with many lamenting his gross mishandling of a promising young quarterback overflowing with untapped potential. Darnold’s emergence, however, is just the tip of the iceberg, as noted by Kevin Clark of The Ringer, who cited numerous instances of teams and players finding immediate success in their post-Gase endeavors.