By Lenn Robbins
The great irony, of course, is that the Great Communicator is irked at the way running back Le’Veon Bell has communicated his desire to board the next jet out of New York. He was given boarding pass Tuesday night when the Jets cut him.
The great irony, of course, is that the Great Communicator was peeved at the way safety Jamal Adams publicly communicated his unhappiness with his contract.
The great irony, of course, is that the Great Communicator, a supposed quarterback whisperer, has not communicated anything to improve the play of Sam Darnold.
The great irony, of course, is that Adam Gase, possessor of one of the great offensive minds in the game according to Jets owner Christopher Johnson, will consider giving up play calling if it will help the Jets improve to 1-5.
“I think for the last four years, I’ve toyed with the idea every once in a while,” Gase told reporters. “I don’t think I’m ever opposed to trying something to change things up. I’d say everything’s on the table at this point.”
At this point the Jets need to stop toying around. The Texans fired Bill O’Brien, who had a much more robust history of success than Gase. The same can be said of Dan Quinn, who the Falcons recently fired.
“Gase with the Jets, terrible head coach,” said former Pittsburgh QB and FOX analyst Terry Bradshaw said over the weekend. “He’s gotta get out of there.”
There’s no downside for the Jets moving forward now. It’s painfully obvious no second half of the season rebound is coming as was the case last season – not with Kansas City, Seattle, Buffalo and New England (twice) on the schedule.
It’s not as if attendance will take a dive. No fans are permitted at MetLife Stadium, not that any would want to attend regardless of which New York team is home. This is the Dark Ages of pro football in New York, home to two of three winless teams in the NFL.
The Jets have left no debate that they are the worst of the winless. They are last in scoring (15.0 points), point differential (-86) and passing yards (176.0 yards), and second to last in total yards (279.4 yards). This Gase test has failed.
It was Michael Strahan, however, who gave us the most important insight into why the Jets need to act. When asked about the two coaches most likely to be fired – Gase and Detroit’s Matt Patricia – the former Giants great said, “I think they’ve just been x’s and o’s guys. You have to have relationships if you want to win.”
It’s safe to assume Strahan hears and sees things that we don’t. He speaks to players and execs around the league. More importantly, they speak to him. Gase might be a talented x’s and o’s guy when in charge of a breathtakingly talent and veteran team as was the case with that Peyton Manning-led Denver team in 2013 that scored an NFL record 606 points. He clearly has not been able to build relationships with a younger, less talented Jets roster.
Adams, Bell and Strahan have forced ownership to hear that.
Ownership needs to start building relationships in a locker room that’s springing leaks like the Titanic by showing it’s not willing to let the season go down without taking action. It’s going to use the remainder of this season to begin the vetting process so the next hire isn’t a Dolphins castoff.
Ownership needs to show the fans that it is not going to be blind and tone deaf to what everyone else is seeing and hearing. Has anyone heard a Jets player defend Gase since two losses ago?
Ownership cannot make the same mistakes as the Great Communicator. It needs to communicate.