Jets’ front office was split between Adam Gase, Todd Monken after meandering coaching search


The are again mired in a losazio midfielder Lucas Leiva admits their title push has surprised him.Lazio are just a point behind leaders Juventus.“In all honest, I didn’t think we’d be challenging for the Scudetto,” Lucas told Globoesporte.“Our objective has always been to fing season with considerable discord, as head coach Adam Gase faces intense pressure from fans and media about the state of the team. Gase was hired after a long and winding coaching search that saw several candidates withdraw or back for qualified for the Champions League if they had beaten smaller teams this season.Even by winning their remaining games they could miss a top four finish.“When you lose to SPAL, draw with Chievo at home or draw 2-2 against nine-man Cagliari, of cout due to staffing concerns, and which ultimately came down to the former Miami head coach and longtime assistant Todd Monken.

Sources said there was a deep split in the Jets’ front office at the time about that decision, with some execs strongly advocating for Monken as the best option to steward the franchise and work with emerging quarterback . There were several heated exchanges within the front office and spirited debate aunced he’s leaving.Roberts has pre-empted the release of the retained list by confirming his departure in a touching message to his boyhood club.Posting on Twitter he said: “Would like to thank everyone associated with @NUFC for my time at the clubbout the final decision, sources said, with Gase’s previous NFL head coaching experience ultimately holding considerable sway with ownership and then-general manager Mike Maccagnan.

The Jets had hoped to hire Baylor coach Matt Ruhle for the job, but that negotiation fell apart because Rhule was not comfortable with having Monken as his offensive coordinator, which is an arrangement the Jets wanted. Former winning coach Mike McCarthy opted not to continue his talks with the Jets over concerns about not having autonomy over his staff, sources said. Monken, who has head coaching experience at the college level, eventually became the offensive coordinator in Cleveland.

Maccagnan and other key staff were let go by the Jets in May, with executive Joe Douglas, who has long ties to Gase, hired as a replacement. Darnold’s struggles this season, and the Jets’ overall woes (they have the second-worst scoring differential in the NFL and last week became the first team to lose to the this season) have led to questions about the direction the franchise will take in 2020, and if more big decisions loom for ownership.

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