NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets hired former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase as their head coach Wednesday night, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
Gase was 23-26 in three seasons with Miami, including a playoff game in 2016, before being fired last week.
It turns out he'll remain in the AFC East, and face the Dolphins twice every regular season as a rival head coach.
The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the hiring.
Gase replaces Todd Bowles, who was fired after he went 24-40 in four seasons and no playoff appearances. He's the Jets' first hire with previous NFL head coaching experience since Bill Parcells' three-year tenure from 1997-99.
The 40-year-old Gase is also the Jets' first offensive-focused coach since Rich Kotite in 1996.
He worked as an assistant with Detroit, San Francisco and Denver before being promoted to offensive coordinator by the Broncos in 2013 and drawing rave reviews from Peyton Manning.
Adam Gase throughout his NFL career
Adam Gase throughout his NFL career
DETROIT - 2006: Adam Gase of the Detroit Lions poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 25: Coach Adam Gase and Bryant Johnson on the field as the San Francisco 49ers hold their training camp on July 25, 2008 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 12: Offensive assistant Adam Gase meets with quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan #14 and wide receiver Bryant Johnson #82 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park on October 12, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The Eagles won 40-26. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 7: Adam Gase meets with Shaun Hill #13 and Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game against the New York Jets at Candlestick Park on December 7, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The Niners defeated the Jets 24-14. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 12: Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase looks over the plays in the game against San Diego at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Photo by Steve Nehf/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 29: Denver Broncos Adam Gase talks with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during a timeout against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Adam Gase on the sideline in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, September 14, 2014. (Photo by Steve Nehf/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 14: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) paces the bench as he chats with offensive coordinator Adam Gase against the San Diego Chargers December 14, 2014 at Qualcomm Stadium (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase walks out of the locker room as the Miami Dolphins host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 08: Miami Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase on the sidelines before the start of an NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and the Miami Dolphins on October 8, 2017 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24: Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with defensive end Cameron Malveaux (75) in the third quarter of a week 16 NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs on December 24, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 29-13. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Gase followed coach John Fox to Chicago in 2015 to be the Bears' offensive coordinator. He was hired by the Dolphins as their head coach the following season.
Regarded as one of the league's top young offensive minds, he'll be tasked with furthering the development of quarterback Sam Darnold and helping New York snap an eight-year postseason drought.
Gase will work closely with general manager Mike Maccagnan, who was retained by team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson, to put together a competitive roster around Darnold. The Jets are expected to have around $100 million in salary cap space this offseason, and will be very active in free agency.
Those factors combined, Johnson insisted leading into the team's search, made the Jets an attractive spot for a head coach to land.
"If you can make it here, you're a freakin' legend," Johnson said. "That counts for something."
New York met with seven other coaches about their vacancy, including Mike McCarthy, Kris Richard, Jim Caldwell, Eric Bieniemy, Todd Monken, Matt Rhule and Kliff Kingsbury, who took the Arizona Cardinals job.
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