Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that there was a deep split in the Jets’ front office at the time they hired Adam Gase as their head coach, as some executives were “strongly advocating” for Todd Monken as the best candidate to lead the franchise and work with QB Sam Darnold.
According to La Canfora, there were “several heated exchanges” within the Jets’ front office about the final decision. Gase’s prior head-coaching experience ultimately held considerable sway with ownership and former GM Mike Maccagnan.
Before settling on Gase and Monken, La Canfora says the Jets had hoped to hire Baylor HC Matt Ruhle, but negotiations fell apart because he was not comfortable with having Monken as his offensive coordinator, which is an arrangement the Jets wanted.
Former Packers HC Mike McCarthy interviewed for the job, but opted not to continue his talks with the Jets over concerns about not having autonomy over his staff, according to La Canfora.
Gase’s future with the Jets is already an increasingly popular topic, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Saturday that despite public unrest and repeated calls to replace him, Jets owner Christopher Johnson is expected to remain patient.