New York Jets: Adam Gase has reportedly lost the respect of the locker room
By Justin Fried
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has reportedly lost the respect of the team’s locker room per a recent report from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has been the center of plenty of criticism this season. The Jets have struggled through injuries and inconsistent play to a 5-9 record this season and Gase has shouldered much of the blame.
Despite injuries holding the team back, there has been little to suggest that Gase is the right guy for the job.
Nearly every offensive player has regressed, second-half adjustments remain a foreign concept, and his refusal to use talents like Le’Veon Bell to the best of their abilities is infuriating.
Yet, despite all of this, owner Christopher Johnson has assured Jets fans that Gase will return next season. After all, it’s not as if he’s lost the locker room.
According to a report from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, that might just be the case.
Miller recounts a quote from an anonymous player source who told him that “Gase has lost the respect of the locker room with his “tough guy bulls–t attitude” and the team’s lack of a plan offensively.”
He would then go on to state that Guys actually respect Gregg Williams. No one respects Gase.”
These are harsh criticisms that have seemingly come from an actual player on the team. And if true, it certainly isn’t something that’s hard to believe.
These are the same issues that forced Gase out of Miami after he lost the respect of his players and eventually the support of the team’s owner. One of those has seemingly already happened in New York, and the other might not be too far behind.
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Unfortunately, there remains a very small chance that Gase is actually let go at the end of the season. He’s in his first year with his new team and owner Christopher Johnson may be unwilling to admit his mistake.
Even if that mistake is apparent to nearly everyone.
Plus, with Todd Bowles‘ salary still on the books, the Jets might not be willing to pay three different coaches’ salaries at once.
Still, it’s getting harder and harder to claim that Gase isn’t at fault for a lot of the team’s struggles this season and that the Jets wouldn’t be better off with a new head coach next season.
And this comes on the heels of comments made by Hall of Fame safety and former Jets defensive back Ed Reed when he visited the team’s facilities on Friday. Reed seemingly criticized Gase in a cryptic video posted to his Instagram just two days ago.
Who knows if any of this criticism will matter or if the reports of a divided locker room will mean anything. But it does seem clear that there is an issue on One Jets Drive.
And that issue seems to begin with Adam Gase.