Adam Gase is right: For the fans, winning is all that matters

AP

Jets coach Adam Gase navigated his way through a hostile press conference on Thursday, countering an at-times withering cross examination from reporters in the world’s top media market. And at one point, he made a critically important point regarding whether and to what extent the current drama in the front office ultimately matters to the fans of the team.

While being grilled regarding whether the circumstances surrounding the termination of G.M. Mike Maccagnan will cause fans to not trust Gase, Gase interrupted with one of the truest things any football coach can ever say.

“I think our fans care if we win or lose,” Gase said. “If we win games, nobody’s going to remember this, I know that. Our job’s to win. Our job is to win. That’s it.”

And that was the end of the press conference, an ideal message that made mostly everything said before that irrelevant. If the Jets win games, none of this will matter.

That said, a perception/reality of dysfunction makes it harder for fans to tolerate losses. And Gase seems to realize that when he says, “If we win games, nobody’s going to remember this.” If they lose games, people will remember it, because people will look for anything/everything to help understand why the team once again stinks. The lingering stench of dysfunction will become a prime candidate for scrutiny and, potentially, the catalyst for change.

So the stakes are high for the Jets. But they’re always high. Football leagues present a zero-sum proposition, with every good team necessarily balanced by a bad team. Even if every team had a Bill Belichick and a Tom Brady, someone would end up 12-4, which means that someone will end up being 4-12, due to injuries, weather, untimely miscues, bad calls, and the bounce of an oblong ball.

22 responses to “Adam Gase is right: For the fans, winning is all that matters

  1. And yet the fact that Gase has never been able to consistently win–anywhere–would seem to counter his argument that winning is what matters…it hasn’t seemed to harm him…

  2. Of course the fans want their team to win but they also want to see that everyone is on the same page in order to get those wins. It starts at the top. Show me a team without leaders and I will show you a team that loses, haven’t you learned that yet?

  3. filmex2000 says:
    May 24, 2019 at 10:46 am
    And yet the fact that Gase has never been able to consistently win–anywhere–would seem to counter his argument that winning is what matters…it hasn’t seemed to harm him…

    Great point. At the same time 23-25 while being in Miami (not much success in recent decades) the same division as NE isn’t exactly bad either. I could see where a franchise sees 23-25 as showing promise. Now if he flames out in Jersey, then he’s going to have a hard time getting another shot at being a head coach.

  4. “…which means that someone will end up being 4-12, due to injuries, weather, untimely miscues, bad calls, and the bounce of an oblong ball.”

    Or just maybe because the other teams executed better. Front offices need to build teams, not collect talent. Those teams need to execute. Very seldom, if ever, has New England had the most talent in the league but they are often the best team on the field.

  5. Umm, except you won’t be winning. You’ll gameplan to the moon and back for Sept, go 2-2 or 3-1 get the fans in an hooplah like you do every year and then collapse.

    Rinse and repeat.

    The Pats will slap you in the diviion again and that will be it.

  6. mikespillane337 says:
    May 24, 2019 at 10:52 am
    Of course the fans want their team to win but they also want to see that everyone is on the same page in order to get those wins. It starts at the top. Show me a team without leaders and I will show you a team that loses, haven’t you learned that yet?

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    He will make Leveon Bell a captain.

  7. The media in NY will eat this guy up and spit him out if they do not win 10 or 11 games. They have all the high priced talent on the roster also. Gase is a clown and he will again be exposed for what he is, which is an average coach who only got a shot because he had Manning at QB and Cutler had one good season in Chicago with him being the QB coach.
    His hat will get pulled down so far to cover his eyes by week 6 it will be laughable.
    He simply destroyed the chemistry Miami was building and was exposed there for being the worst play caller on the planet. Talent along the Jets should go 500. So Gase should make them a 10 or 11 win team or the NY fans and media will shred him. It will be fun to watch.

  8. In today’s world, integrity and class no longer matter. Now it’s all about winning at all costs. Cheating, or bending the rules to the breaking point, doesn’t seem to matter for a lot of fans. It’s just win baby!

    Unfortunately for the Jets, Gase is still a power hungry loser as a head coach, and Johnson is enabling him.

  9. Gase said. “If we win games, nobody’s going to remember this, I know that.”
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    Nope – most fans will put up with it while your winning – there’s a big difference. But more importantly, if you’re a hot and loud mess while winning games, you just make things harder for yourselves (& your team PR etc) – a house built on sand and that’s not what the Jets need.

  10. commentawaitingdeletion says: “Very seldom, if ever, has New England had the most talent in the league but they are often the best team on the field.”
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    Right, because Tom Brady is just another middle-of-the-road QB….

    If you haven’t noticed, having a Top 5 QB (ie Brees, Brady, Roesthlisberger) hides a lot of team imperfections.

  11. Gase to save the Jets? Heck, he couldn’t even save Miami! Injuries to Tannehill are no excuse…you shoulda used Matt Moore instead of getting Jay Crapler!

  12. He’s really good during a presser at hiding his face with the bill of his cap when he loses. You’ll see.

  13. Adam Gase talks a good game but is all hype! Adam Gase is supposed to be a QB guru, but his only claim to fame Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. He’s an “ok” offensive coordinator and terrible head coach… Adam Gase talked the Dolphins into signing Jay Cutler which turned out to be a really bad decision. But Adam Gase is with a Jets front office that always makes bad decisions…-

  14. akira1971 says:
    May 24, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Right, because Tom Brady is just another middle-of-the-road QB….
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    Try to keep up, the premise in the paragraph being referenced was “Even if every team had a Bill Belichick and a Tom Brady…”

  15. Gase was ill prepared to be a HC in Miami – his less than creative play calling & losing control of his players at least proved that!
    He also had a more “mellow” media to deal with here in Miami, something he cannot pull his hat down & shrug off up there in NY.
    Adam Gase does NOT have what it takes to be a HC in the NFL – he’s still too “green” after 3 seasons of what can be described as mediocre at best!
    Some people were just not cut out to be a HC – no shame in that , bigger names as OC’s failed miserably as HC’s only to get demoted and do what they were really good at!

  16. I’m born and Raised Boston. Love the legends we have had from Bobby Orr, Larry Bird, to Tom Brady. Oh and lets not forget “Bill-the hole in between my legs-Buckner” Sorry, had to! But I moved to Florida in 1995 and have cried a tear for Miami ever since.
    Talk about taking one of the Best Franchises and shatting all over it.
    I have actually gone to preseason games over the years and I tell you in ALL honesty,
    They are a total Joke!

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