In light of the odd situation with Kelechi Osemele and the New York Jets’ struggles, Adam Gase’s press conferences have begun to heat up.
The New York Jets have tons of media attention upon themselves courtesy of the debacle involving the Jets and Kelechi Osemele, who believes he has to have surgery, while the Jets believe he can play through it.
This sparked a debate among Jets and NFL fans, and even if the Jets win this battle, they still looked foolish winning it.
Osemele has gotten second and third opinions from doctors saying that he needs surgery on his shoulder now and cannot wait until the end of the season.
Despite this, the Jets still haven’t authorized his surgery. It’s an odd stance, to say the least, considering Osemele may not have even gotten his starting job back if he were to come back to the team.
Since Adam Gase is the one who has to talk to the press every day, he’s caught some heat from beat reporters regarding Osemele. He’s declined to comment on the situation and claims he hasn’t spoken to Osemele in weeks.
Thursday’s press conference was especially back and forth, as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News fired a slew of tough questions at Gase regarding Osemele. Mehta asked Gase why he hasn’t seen Osemele in weeks, and Gase said that was because Osemele’s been in the training room. Gase is really saying he didn’t have time to walk down the hall and ask Osemele how he’s doing? Seriously?
As if the Jets being a huge disappointment this season was bad enough, they now look like a mess on the PR front as well. Gase is right by not making comments, but matters only seem to be getting worse for New York, especially considering they admittedly sent in blank MRI’s in what they claimed to be an honest mistake. All signs point to Osemele needing surgery, and the Jets just won’t give their stamp of approval.
A coach will face heat from the press anytime his team is 1-5. Gase is certainly not immune to that, and it definitely doesn’t help that he has to deal with a mess that probably has very little to do with him. Nevertheless, things are getting heated at One Jets Drive, and it doesn’t look like it’s getting much better anytime soon.