The New York Jets dumped Jachai Polite in his rookie season. Here’s why that move will set the tone for the green and white.
The New York Jets shocked its fanbase by cutting the 68th overall pick, Jachai Polite.
The former linebacker from the University of Florida is yet another sign that Adam Gase and former GM, Mike Maccagnan did not pair well. Mac felt Polite was worth gambling on when Gase knew he was not going to pan out. It’s as simple as that football-wise.
Polite always had issues as a professional, and while his talent was worthy of the league, the rookie couldn’t get his act together.
With that being said, this cut means much more than just a simple roster move for the Gang Green. With this move, Coach Gase is making a statement of where the line in the sand is amongst his new locker room.
One of the Jets biggest problems in the past was managing players with off the field issues. Todd Bowles was a shining example of this. He never established his, “line in the sand” where players knew boundaries and what to avoid. The locker room walked all over Bowles, there’s no way around it.
But with the Polite cut, Gase is making it clear that he doesn’t care how good of a player you are. Gase knows and is establishing that to make his roster, you better take care of yourself as a professional, and then be a great football player. It’s a mindset the Jets coaching staff has lacked in the past and desperately needs this season.
No matter how well Polite played in the preseason, he’s not going to be a Jet week one. Was he a talented player? Of course. Could he have helped our pass rush? Probably. Would it have been worth the headache he could’ve caused? No chance.
It’s a new era for the Jets, and I LOVE this move by Coach Gase. His attitude of “grow up, or get out” is one that will go much further in building a winning culture. It’s time for the Jets to start building something special this season. With the Giants down and out, New York is for the Jets taking. It’s just a matter of time to see whether Gase will seize it or not.