Peyton Manning is not the only legendary quarterback vouching for Adam Gase.
Joe Namath, who celebrated his 50th anniversary of winning Super Bowl III on Saturday, also spoke highly of the new Jets head coach.
"I like him. I like what I've seen of him," the Hall of Famer told Steve Serby of The Post. "I like the way he sounds, I like his personality. I think he sees a great opportunity with the Jets, and certainly with the young quarterback."
"He sees a great opportunity to get something going here. I'm excited about him coaching I believe can do it."
Gase had a losing record in three seasons as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, making the playoffs just once before he was fired at the end of the 2018 season.
Yet Namath believes that the Jets have a bright future, they just need to surround stars Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams with the right pieces.
"They have a potential great safety back there and they have a potential All-Pro quarterback," Namath said. "You've gotta get some other guys stepping up."
Darnold, 21, had an up-and-down rookie season, flashing his potential but also showing he is prone to turning the ball over.
He finished the season with 2,865 yards, 17 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and five fumbles.
Namath is a believer in Darnold, though, not because of what he has seen on the field, but the way he carries himself and the respect he has gained from this teammates.
"Whenever I've met him, and I've only met him a couple occasions, I like his demeanor, I like the looking in the eye, I like his enthusiasm," Namath said. "But I also like what his players, his teammates and his coaches have had to say about him in this one year, even throughout the year.
"He's a young workhorse, he gives it effort, he's out there trying, and he's improving. I've seen him make basically about every throw that you need to make, and he's gonna get better, he's just gonna get better."