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    FLORHAM PARK Infant Jachai Polite Jersey , N.J. (AP) — In the hours that followed the New York Jets‘ announcement last Friday that Adam Gase is their new head coach, many frustrated fans took to social media to voice their displeasure.Some used all 280 characters on Twitter. Some only needed one word and a hashtag.Either way, they weren’t happy.Christopher Johnson and the Jets, however, were thrilled with their decision. And shortly after formally introducing Gase at the team’s facility Monday, Johnson sacked the pointed criticism with overwhelming optimism.“We’ve just had a couple of down years, so I have to earn their trust,” the team’s chairman and CEO said. “I think that they will see this as, if not right now, they’ll see it pretty soon as a great hire.“I’m not trying to win Twitter. I’m trying to win football games.”Hashtag: You’ll see, Jets fans.Gase beat out the likes of Mike McCarthy, Todd Monken and Matt Rhule for the job, less than two weeks after being fired by the Miami Dolphins.“I’m just really convinced that he is the man,” Johnson said.Johnson praised Gase’s work over the years with quarterbacks and offenses, and how the Jets’ Sam Darnold — along with the rest of the offense — will benefit greatly from the new coach being here.“To paraphrase Wayne Gretzky,” Johnson said, “he’s coaching to where football is going.”The 40-year-old Gase was the hot assistant just three years ago as the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator after directing the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning-led offense to record-setting performances in 2013 and 2014. But a 23-26 record in three seasons with the Dolphins, including a playoff loss, had him out of a job — along with reports of some friction with players.Gase quickly got a second chance, with a former AFC East opponent.“Over three years, you’re going to have mistakes that you make,” Gase said with his wife Jennifer and their three young children sitting a few feet away from the podium. “It can be either a mental note or, really Jachai Polite Jersey Draft , you start creating that list from year to year. It’s really starting with this first part of the process.”That would be putting together a coaching staff, which is something he has been working on since he was hired.And, Gase will have total control of the hirings — contrary to reports that the Jets were telling candidates they wanted to have final say over assistants.“No, that never happened,” Johnson said. “I completely deny it.”The Jets haven’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season, an eight-year drought that feels like a lifetime to some fans. Johnson made it clear he wants to win, and soon.“My expectations for this team under Adam are very high,” Johnson said. “In short, I chose him to win.”That doesn’t mean the owner is putting a playoff mandate on Gase, general manager Mike Maccagnan and the rest of the organization.“Absolutely not,” Johnson said. “I will never do that.”This isn’t like the days of Rex Ryan, who blew into his first news conference in 2009 with bold talk of meeting the president and winning the Super Bowl.Gase’s introduction was a low-key affair with no boasts or promises. In fact the only real buzz came on social media from fans who were mesmerized by the new coach’s intense eyes throughout the news conference.Gase won’t have roster control as he did with the Dolphins, and that’s no issue.“That’s not something I was really interested in,” Gase said. “That’s just kind of how it worked out in Miami…. I knew coming in here it would be a team effort. I can do my part, which is coaching the team.”Many of the fans who were frustrated with the hire have pointed to Gase’s mediocre record in Miami — without the resume of a Super Bowl-winning coach such as McCarthy.“We’re going to look to go better than .500,” Gase said. “We’re going to work to do that. That’s part of this process. Right now, we’re 0-0. … It’s a fresh start for everybody. I think there’s a lot of good pieces in place. I think we’re going to have a lot of opportunities to add to this.”It all starts with Darnold, of course. The No. 3 overall draft pick had an up-and-down rookie season, but finished strong after coming back from a foot injury that sidelined him for three games.The two spoke via FaceTime during the hiring process and hit it off, and now could be linked together for years to come.“I like his fire,” Gase said of Darnold. “You could see it the way he plays and just when you talk to him, you could see there’s a love for football.”Gase acknowledged he could go without a quarterbacks coach and rather he and the offensive coordinator will work directly with Darnold and the team’s other QBs.“I think the less voices there, the better Jachai Polite NFL Jersey ,” Gase said. “I think there needs to be a direct line of communication with myself or if we bring in just a coordinator.”Gase is also still mulling his options at defensive coordinator, and wouldn’t confirm or deny that Gregg Williams is a leading candidate for the spot. Gase indicated he would focus mainly on the offense and leave the defense primarily to whomever he hires.“I’m pretty sure that everyone is in the same boat that I need to spend my time with the quarterback,” he said.“Whoever we bring here on the defense has to do a great job of making sure that he’s really the head coach of the defense. That’s what we’re looking for.” The knuckle below Sam Darnold's freckled right pinkie is still slightly out of place.It serves as a once-painful reminder that the New York Jets rookie quarterback needs to keep his emotions in check even in the most frustrating of circumstances."I feel like I always remain calm," Darnold said in a sit-down interview with The Associated Press, "just because I learned a hard lesson that day."It came on a basketball court, of all places, courtesy of a crushed metal door.Darnold was a junior in high school when his San Clemente basketball squad was playing league-rival Trabuco Hills on Jan. 17, 2014. Darnold's Tritons held a 14-point halftime lead and appeared on their way to an easy victory.Until they blew it.And then, Darnold completely lost it.Seething with anger, the Tritons' leading scorer and rebounder who grew up loving the Los Angeles Lakers and dreaming of being the next Kobe Bryant, stormed off the court after the one-point loss. He did the only thing he thought would help ease the pain.He put his right fist through his locker."At first, I didn't realize it was broken," Darnold recalled while lifting his hand and pointing to his knuckle. "You can see it right there. I just punched it because I was so mad and I just sat there (ticked) off. Then, a couple minutes go by and the adrenaline starts to wear off and I'm like, 'Man, my hand really hurts.' I'm with my parents at the time, and on the car ride home, I was like, 'Guys, I think I might need to go to the hospital.'"We went and I ended up breaking it."Darnold didn't need surgery, but missed the last seven games of the regular season. He would return for the postseason, but his approach to adversity needed serious repair."Ever since that moment," Darnold said Jachai Polite NFL Draft , "in times when things maybe aren't going the way I would like them to — even in life, not just sports, but life, too — I always try to remain calm."The 21-year-old quarterback is the picture of composure and confidence these days, belying his youth and inexperience in the NFL. Darnold's cool-headed and even-keeled temperament is that of a veteran, something that immediately endeared him to his teammates and coaches in New York."He's got an old soul, but he's young in age," coach Todd Bowles said. "But he understands the game very well and he works at it the right way."That doesn't mean Darnold doesn't get worked up inside when things aren't going right. He's as competitive as they come and might shake his fist slightly if he misses a throw, but locker doors are safe."I think for me, it's understanding that I can't control anything that's happened in the past," he said. "Do I get frustrated? Yeah, definitely. But I know that those couple of seconds that I do think about it — and sometimes longer if I'm on the sideline if I throw a pick or something — I can think about it for a minute or two and just let it go after that. That's really it."After a rousing season-opening win at Detroit , the Jets have lost two in a row — including a 21-17 defeat at Cleveland last Thursday night that left many of the players embarrassed and stunned.The team had the weekend off from practice and meetings before returning to the field Monday, and Darnold tried to clear his head. He checked out the Ed Sheeran concert at MetLife Stadium and hung out with a few buddies, but his mind inevitably wandered to the loss to the Browns."Every other couple of hours, I'd think back to one play in the game," he said. "And the whole weekend, it just kind of dragged on, thoughts about the game."Sure, Darnold was happy to get a bit of a break after playing three games in 11 days to start his NFL career. But the youngest quarterback to start an NFL season opener in the Super Bowl era was also fired up to get back to work."It wasn't as crazy as people expected it to be," Darnold said of the first three weeks. "I was really well prepared going into every game, I thought. Something that killed me was just losing. That's always something that when it happens, you've just got to be able to move on."But that's pretty tough for a competitor like me and Jachai Polite Buffalo Bills Jersey , really, a lot of the guys on the team."The No. 3 overall pick in April's draft bears the weight of a frustrated franchise on his young shoulders.This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Jets' only Super Bowl appearance. They've been searching for the next Joe Namath since his last days with the team in 1976. While some quarterbacks have had success, none has been able to produce sustained winning football.That's what the team and its long-suffering fan base hope, wish and pray they have in Darnold. And he doesn't run from that burden."It's not so much the mindset of not failing or not wanting to fail, but more of wanting to be successful, if that makes sense," Darnold said. "You just kind of flip it so it's not a negative."It has been an up-and-down start for the rookie, who has thrown three touchdown passes and five interceptions heading into Sunday's game at Jacksonville.He has repeatedly spoken about how the last few weeks have been a learning experience, one that could help shape the rest of his career."I think it's definitely something that I'll be able to look back on," he said, "especially if something is bothering me or if during the late stages of the season, I'm like, 'Man, this season is really dragging on,' because everyone says you'll hit the rookie wall."But I think during that time, I'll look back and be like, 'Man, I played three games in 11 days. I feel like I can do anything.'"And, be cool, calm and collected while doing it.

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