There's one chance at a first impression, and it appears Adam Gase nailed his toward Jets franchise quarterback Sam Darnold.
The key pairing in regards to the future of the organization are still getting to know one another, but have began on the right foot, it appears. On Tuesday, Darnold told reporters that working with Gase has been "awesome."
"It's been nothing but good things," he said of Gase and the new coaching staff.
Darnold realizes how important it is for him and the head coach to have a strong rapport.
"See how we kind of jive with each other," he said.
There's been plenty of talk about scheme and such, but Darnold also wants to foster a personal relationship, which he believes will only strengthen the team, with Gase.
"At the same time, I think it's good to have those conversations outside of football, talking about his family, talking about mine," he said. " … I think it's really important to have those conversations and that they're just as important as football conversations."
In fact, talking about no-football related matters makes breaking down the X's and O's easier, in Darnold's opinion.
And there's still lots of those discussions, like the one that took place on the field Tuesday as the Jets opened optional OTAs.
"When I thought I was quick doing some things, coach was like 'I thought you could have sped up your drop quicker, just to link up with the route.'
"I think the biggest thing right now is communicating with coach and how I feel in the pocket and how he sees it."
Part of the reason the Jets tabbed Gase to be their next leader was the fact he'd worked with Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler, for example. That track record excites Darnold in more than one way.
"He's dealt with so many different quarterbacks, so many different personalities," Darnold said. "There's a bunch of guys that he's worked with.
"He's able to adjust really well."
Darnold also desires to grow as a leader during his second year in the NFL. He'll continue to do it by example and in his own way, but it will definitely be easier now that he already has a presence in the locker room.
"Doing it my way and making sure it's very natural," he said, while adding it's something he'll do more of in 2019.