Dec 13, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks to the locker room following a 40-3 loss against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks interview Adam Gase, covet Mike Kafka for OC post

Fired New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka are candidates for the vacant offensive coordinator job with the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN.

Gase has already spoken with the team about the opening, ESPN reported. Kafka could be interviewed next week even if the Chiefs advance to the Super Bowl with two weeks between the conference championship games and Super Bowl.

Kafka is reportedly also a candidate to be head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer after a 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the playoffs.

The club-record 459 points can be misleading. The team averaged 34.3 points in the first eight games, then managed just 23.1 points a game in the final eight. Seattle was held to 20 or fewer points in four of the last six games, including the playoff loss.

Schottenheimer spent three seasons as Seattle’s offensive coordinator, following the much-maligned Darrell Bevell, who was fired following the 2017 season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien walks off the field after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saban interested in Gase, O’Brien for OC role

Nick Saban is reportedly interested in discussing Alabama’s vacant offensive coordinator job with fired NFL head coaches Adam Gase and Bill O’Brien.

According to a report from The Athletic, Gase and O’Brien are “two of the coaches Nick Saban is considering for Alabama’s soon to be vacant offensive coordinator role.”

Gase was a graduate assistant under Saban at LSU. O’Brien, who coached with the New England Patriots before jumping to the college ranks at Penn State and then to the Houston Texans, also has ties to Saban.

Steve Sarkisian serves his final game as offensive coordinator on Jan. 11 in the College Football Playoff national championship game against Ohio State. Sarkisian was hired as the new head coach at Texas.

Offensive coordinator at Alabama has been a springboard job for other coaches, including Lane Kiffin, Doug Nussmeier, Jim McElwain and Major Applewhite.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase wears a face mask on the sidelines in the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. The Jets defeated the Rams 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets plan to fire HC Gase

The New York Jets are expected to fire head coach Adam Gase following the team’s season finale Sunday at the New England Patriots, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Gase put together an abysmal 9-22 record over the past two seasons with the Jets after spending three seasons as the Miami Dolphins head coach, where he went 23-25, including a wild-card appearance in 2016.

The Jets are expected to conduct a thorough search for their next head coach. Some of the candidates include Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale, Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, per the report.

New York could be an attractive landing spot for a head coach considering the team will have the No. 2 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jets also own Seattle’s 2021 first-round selection which it collected in the offseason deal that sent safety Jamal Adams to the Seahawks.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws the ball as Denver Broncos linebacker Malik Reed (59) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Darnold (shoulder) returns to practice

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to practice Wednesday and has a chance to be the starter when the team hosts the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Darnold has missed the past two games after suffering an AC joint sprain in his right (throwing) shoulder against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 1.

Darnold received first-team practice repetitions on Wednesday and coach Adam Gase said a decision will come later in the week.

“All options are available,” Gase told reporters. “We’ll have him on a pitch count. I think really the biggest thing is how he’s going to feel (Thursday).

“If there’s anything that lingers or anything where he’s throwing (in pain), that’s kind of his red flag of, ‘Hey, I have to let you guys know.’ We need him to be real honest.”

Without Darnold, the Jets (0-6) scored 10 total points in two games with Joe Flacco as the starter. New York has scored the fewest points (75) in the NFL.

Even with Darnold, the Jets weren’t lighting up the scoreboard. They scored 17 or fewer points in each of his first three games.

Darnold has passed for 792 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Flacco has thrown for 397 yards, one touchdown and one interception in three games this season.

–Field Level Media