Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports that former Jets head coach Adam Gase is in consideration to join Nick Saban in Alabama as an offensive coordinator. There is a connection between the two coaches as Gase was a graduate assistant under Saban during his time at Michigan State.
We’ve seen this happen before where ousted coaches head to Alabama with the hopes of restarting their careers. The question is, why Adam Gase? It’s bewildering to fathom how Gase continues to get considered for jobs given his recent stints with the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. Gase is best known Saban for being Peyton Manning’s quarterback coach and later offensive coordinator when Manning was on the Denver Broncos. The problem is that it’s likely that Manning was the mastermind behind that offense and not the other way around.
Saban’s assistants have a history of getting a head coaching job after their time in Alabama: Steve Sarkisian, who is now the Texas Longhorns head coach, is the most recent example.
While the odds are long on Gase being a head coach in the NFL again, if he takes a job as an offensive coordinator in college, he’ll likely set himself up to be a coordinator again at some point in the NFL.
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