Bug-eyed Adam Gase's Jets tenure is already off to disastrous start

Alex Reimer
January 15, 2019 - 9:49 am

It doesn’t matter what Adam Gase actually said in his first press conference as head coach of the New York Jets. His bug-eyed stare told the whole story: this is not the man who will mold Sam Darnold into a franchise QB and lead the Gang Green back to playoff contention.

Gase looked like he was being held hostage when the Jets brass introduced him to the New York media Monday. Within minutes, his seemingly shell-shocked look became an Internet meme, which will surely be shared whenever Darnold throws a back-breaking interception next season.


In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Michael Kay, Gase denied he knows anything about social media and says he doesn’t even look at the Internet. That’s exactly what you want out of a coach in 2019. No reason to pay attention to the world or try to relate to your players, most of whom are on some sort of social media platform. (Bill Belichick, of course, is famous for his social media ignorance –– MyFace, SnapFace –– but he has five Super Bowl rings.) 

“Alright, so, I’ll just let you know: I don’t have Twitter,” Gase said. “I don’t have Instagram. I don’t look at the internet. I don’t really watch TV. I watch movies. That’s it.”

Gase’s final two sub-.500 seasons in Miami were horrible, and even worse than that, his players despised him. Perennial Pro Bowl wideout Jarvis Landry said the environment in South Florida was “just awful” with Gates in charge. 

Judging by Gase’s contentious dealings with the press down in Miami, he probably won’t handle the New York tabloid ribbing all that well. This does not seem like somebody who enjoys the back-and-forth.

If Gase wins, of course, all of this is irrelevant. But the chances of that seem to be as good as him letting out a laugh. 

Already pencil in the Patriots for two wins against the Jets next season. 

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