Adam Gase bypassing rookie minicamp for “orientation”

AP

For all the coaches who complain about the amount of time they get with players on the field in the offseason, new Jets coach Adam Gase is willing to give some of it up.

Via Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com, Gase is bypassing a rookie minicamp, calling their weekend of work “rookie orientation.”

Gase did the same thing during his three years with the Dolphins, and said he likes being able to offer rookies more classroom work and chances to learn about all the non-football stuff.

“Most of these guys haven’t played since December, maybe November,” Gase said. “To drag them out there, run them around – I guess I’ve seen too many times where you lose a first-round draft pick to injury. You want to get them caught up as fast as possible and when you go install, practice, correct, another install – by the time you get done with the weekend, they have no clue what happened. . . .

“We do all the things you want to do with rookies to kind of get them going in a real-life setting. A lot of these guys, they went from high school – they were home – to college – where everybody does everything for them. Now they’re on their own. So you have to educate them about, ‘This is how it’s going to be and you’re on your own and you’re going to have to pay bills and you’re going to have to get your own food.’ There’s a lot of things that guys don’t know about.”

Other teams have gone the same route, and some coaches are scaling back the on-field portion of what they’re able to do.

Honestly, a minicamp full of rookies and tryout guys may have minimal impact on the football future of a team, but helping players with their actual futures has a chance to have a greater impact.

23 responses to “Adam Gase bypassing rookie minicamp for “orientation”

  1. Great idea. I know it has to be collectively bargained, but I wish the NFL or Team made personal finance or money mgmt classes mandatory, too. These young men need to learn they are getting a great head start with the cash they are making, but it doesn’t last forever. Too many of them end up broke.

  2. What people miss with voluntary minicamp/rookie minicamp is that it is all position drills and no offense vs defense activities, the real work is done in the meeting rooms. This is a good idea for guys like Polite and Edoga. Although I do think the character questions around them are overblown, it would be ignorant to act like the questions came out of nowhere. Gregg may be the HC of the defense but it is also on Gase to give both of those guys the tools and life lessons to succeed in NY and he makes a good point about the rookie process. Still not 100% sold on Gase but he seems to understand the situation.

  3. I like it, but at the same time its sad that men have to be taught how to be men..

  4. I can respect what Gase is doing. He cares about the players as people to help them succeed in life. These young men are going to be thrown to the wolves in the big city of New York with all the clubs, paparazzi, and opportunistic leaches.

  5. You may ask why a college grad would have to be shown how to live on their own. A friend of mine got a divorce when he was 55. Me and another buddy had to take him to a grocery store and show him where stuff was because he had never gone grocery shopping on his own. I am betting most of these guys have never gone grocery shopping on their own.

  6. I like it, but at the same time its sad that men have to be taught how to be men..

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    They’re not men, they’re kids. They’ve had (usually) zero responsibility and now they make more money than you or I. It’s a good idea to teach them how to handle the burdens of coming on money quickly. All of the sudden, cousins come out of the woodwork, etc. If they’re injured or suspended, they’re of no use to the team anyway. It makes sense to give them a heads up and maybe save problems down the road.

  7. I hope Gase takes it easy on the Dolphins next few years. With the phins coaching staff, the Jets could possibly hang 60 on them each game.

  8. Wow.

    Every day counts and this nimrod squanders them. WOW

    Doing the complete opposite of everything NE does, thinking it will work is hilarious to me. They actually think it will magically work one day.

  9. I like it, but at the same time its sad that men have to be taught how to be men..

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    How else does a man learn how to be a man? It’s not a kid’s fault if he doesn’t have a father to show him.

  10. Most teams do both.

    It’s not either or.

    The Packers rookies arrived on a Thursday and signed their contracts and then did all the “orientation” stuff that first day. Friday was meetings and then practice. Saturday meetings and then practice.

    It’s not rocket science to plan and run a very productive rookie camp and orientation on the same weekend.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  11. emac40 says:
    May 9, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Great idea. I know it has to be collectively bargained, but I wish the NFL or Team made personal finance or money mgmt classes mandatory, too. These young men need to learn they are getting a great head start with the cash they are making, but it doesn’t last forever. Too many of them end up broke.

    Mandatory? Wouldn’t that be like saying every college educated student or recent college grad has to take a mandatory money management course before employment? If not, how do you separate athletes from business management or communication majors?

  12. If it takes them a whole weekend to explain to these guys that they shouldn’t spend more money than they make, I’d say they picked the wrong guys.

  13. I see both sides, but with one of the biggest complaints I hear from coaches is that “we don’t get enough time with players, especially rookies,” I am struggling to rationalize not showing them how pros practice and basic concepts. Even if it is just positional drills. I don’t think it will be any better to throw them into OTA’s with veterans a week later and expect fewer injuries. Whenever they start on the field, it will be a long period of time passed since they last did football activities.

  14. This is good, but you can bet that Gase would also like to have on field time as well. I know he cited the injury bug for rookies in his explanation, but the fact of the matter is that you do have to get these guys on the field sometime, and pushing that back won’t help that. Gase is just picking which of the two-classroom time or field time-he feels is more important. I don’t blame for what he went with, but I would wager he’d like more of both.

  15. Jets will be the divisional bottom feeders this coming season. Fins and Bills will both play hard to get 2nd place and a possible wild card. Bills most likely in 2nd.

  16. Gase always gave players days off in Miami. Never seem to work as in Miami, the team was often not prepared and lack discipline. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Belichick believes in no time off.

  17. “I like it, but at the same time its sad that men have to be taught how to be men..”

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    Who taught you?

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