Tony Romo is a fan of the Jets coaching hire.
New York will reportedly name Adam Gase, who was fired by the Dolphins in late December, its next head coach. While some criticized the move, Romo believes Gase can help the development of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.
“I think putting him together with Sam Darnold is going to be a very good combination,” said Romo (via USA Today), the former four-time Pro Bowl player with the Cowboys who currently works as an analyst for CBS Sports.
“I think Darnold has some Peyton Manning-like traits, and Adam did a great job, obviously, with Peyton in that situation.”
New York selected Darnold out of USC with the third pick in the 2018 draft. He threw for 2,865 yards with 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 13 games as a rookie.
Romo said he’s been impressed by Darnold.
“I think he’s going to be a fantastic player,” Romo said. “I think he’s going to make a huge leap next year.”
The Dolphins dismissed Gase after three seasons. He led the team to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance in his first year in Miami in 2016 but tallied just 15 total wins over the next two seasons.
Gase previously served as the offensive coordinator with the Broncos and Bears. He worked closely with star Peyton Manning while in Denver.
“I think he’s a fantastic coach,” Romo said. “I think he has a great mind for offensive football. I also think sometimes it’s a good thing when you really have to reflect on.
“I think you have to look at yourself and I think that will be a good thing because he’ll analyze what he thought he could do better and what he did well.”
The Jets finished 2018 with a 4-12 record and missed the playoffs for an eighth straight season.