Apparently, Adam Gase believes formula to beating Bill Belichick includes sniffing smelling salts and sleep deprivation

Alex Reimer
August 09, 2019 - 9:53 am

The formula to beating Bill Belichick includes sleep deprivation, ditching your wife in the delivery room and sniffing smelling salts before a preseason game, at least according to Jets coach Adam Gase. 

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The Gang Green’s new headman lived up to his psychopathic billing prior to New York’s first preseason contest Thursday against the Giants. He was spotted sniffing smelling salts on the sidelines, which would be appropriate behavior if he were a professional hockey player trying to amp himself up for a pivotal third period shift –– or a circuit queen heading to White Party.

But sniffing ammonia gas before standing with your arms folded for three hours of meaningless football? How about just getting some sleep?

That is a rhetorical question, of course. In a recent Athletic profile, writer Dan Pompei reveals Gase sleeps somewhere between two and four hours per night. He gets home around 2:00 a.m., and ex-Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum says the maniacal head coach would sometimes text him until 4:00 a.m. 

“Fueled by five or six 20-ounce cups a day from the Kuerig coffee maker that is an arm’s length from his desk, and maybe a Red Bull here or there, Gase has energy like a power plant,” Pompei writes. “There is no window in his office to make him aware of the black of the night or the first light of day.”

One of the more impressive qualities about Bill Belichick is his stoic demeanor. Though the Patriots’ head coach is notoriously one of the most demanding bosses in the league, he never seems to be overwhelmed or panicked. At 67 years old, it legitimately looks like Belichick could comfortably do this for another decade.

That can’t be possibly be the case for Gase. No comfortable or secure human being only sleeps two hours per night. It is a recipe for personal disaster.

Those who do not sleep are prone to more bouts of irritability and delusion, which might explain why Gase left his wife just minutes after she had given birth to one of their children. “Gase told his wife to schedule the operation for 10 a.m.,” Pompei writes. ““So they pulled the baby out of me and said, ‘It’s a boy,’” Jennifer says. “They didn’t even put my organs back and sew me up before he’s like, ‘You good?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m good.’” He said, ‘All right then, I’m out.’ They said, ‘You want to cut the umbilical cord?’ He said, ‘No, I’m good.’”

Awesome. The Jets, by the way, lost to the Giants Thursday. 

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