Adam Gase has no problem with Patriots running up scores

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There’s a good chance the Patriots beat the Jets by a large margin Sunday, and if the margin eventually becomes excessive, Jets coach Adam Gase won’t complain about it.

The Patriots clearly could have taken a foot off the gas last week against the helpless Dolphins, but were still dialing up blitzes and playing Tom Brady late in a 43-0 thrashing.

“I like it,” Gase said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “But that’s just me. . . .

Asked whether there was a sportsmanship consideration, Gase shook that off: “Nope. It’s the NFL. This isn’t pee-wee football.”

The Patriots have outscored opponents 76-3 so far, and Brady has played every snap. Gase also applauded that (clearly he’s buttering up Bill Belichick), but said he thinks repetitions in a game matter, regardless of score.

“Here’s how I look at this,” Gase said. “It’s the second week of the season. The way that our league is structured now, those in-game reps are really valuable. Everything that you do in a game, especially at the beginning of the year, it’s going to help you get better for the mid-part to the end of the season.”

“So, what we get to do at practice per week and training camp, how (little) contact that you have, the spring and all those types of things. These in-game reps whether you’re up, down, whatever it is — they’re all important. So, if you get in this situation, you want to keep playing. Because those are going to be valuable four or five weeks down the road. I mean, there really is value to that.”

So even if Luke Falk isn’t able to lead his team to a win (or even to a cover of a 23-point spread), Gase can at least take comfort knowing he is providing value. For somebody.

34 responses to “Adam Gase has no problem with Patriots running up scores

  1. The Patriots clearly could have taken a foot off the gas..
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    Nope – and it wasn’t personal. As perennial champs they have the NFL’s highest turnover (for any team not rebuilding), and for them September is still very much the preseason while they find their new flavor for the year. So they were trying everything out, especially on offense. Flores knew it too and accepted it – prob keen to see which Fins had any fight in them and give Rosen a glimpse of a champion-quality defense. That’s prob how Gase will take it too.

  2. Gase is correct….all these teams have the same salary cap/free agent abilities & are PROFESSIONAL organizations….. their jobs are to try to win & play their best to do just that….. this “RUNNING UP THE SCORE” crap is so tiring to listen to….. don’t want the opponents to score, stop them!!!

  3. Belichick has seen teams come back from 35-0 scores, and the Chiefs come back last season in both games that the Pats had well in hand at halftime.

    That’s why he never takes his foot off the gas. And c’mon, as to last week what are the DBs supposed to do? Not run back a pick six and stop at the 1 yard line and either not score or politely hand the ball back to the other team? Those throws by Fitz were terrible, not the Pats fault he didn’t just go down and take the sack.

  4. Excellent point by Coach Gase –

    I’m not a NY Jets fan, but having him at the helm with a very rationale mind has to be a good thing for the future. Hopefully their young roster listens to him & develops into a contender

  5. As a Dolphin fan i didn’t have any issue with the way that the Patriots did things last week. it’s just football.

    but John Harbaugh in week one running a fake punt with a 35-3 lead ….. i thought that was a bit over the top. No worries i am sure coach Flores has a long memory.

    FYI the Dolphins are not going to suck for very long. Yeah they will take their beatings in 2019.

  6. I said it in the dolphins game and I’ll say it in this one. Take the Pats unless the spread hits 30. I made over six grand last week on that game. I’m rolling it all over on this one. Not a Pats fan at all but that Defense is going to put up points along with their offense.

  7. My question is:

    Will the Patriots put up 50?

    The Jets Offense = 3 and out
    If you give Tom Brady the ball on his 25 say 10 – 12 times, how many TDs will he hang on you?

  8. Gase is a complete moron, he or any other coach wouldn’t be saying that if their star QB gets a season ending injury when their team is up 40 points late in a game. I do agree to NEVER stop trying, but the value is to have 2nd and 3rd stringers getting live reps in a game NOT your marquee players taking a chance on getting injured by some idiot on the other team mad and taking a cheap shot on you.
    Again, I agree to keep playing to score but there is a smart way of doing it.

  9. Knowing how Belichick thinks, it isn’t about running up the score (although I think 2007 was, due to Spygate). Practice is very limited in preseason now. Plus there are new Offensive linemen, and Gordon, LaCosse and Edelman had very little preseason time. Bill is thinking reps, not a beat-down. Gase is correct.

  10. phinatic29 says:
    September 20, 2019 at 8:28 am

    FYI the Dolphins are not going to suck for very long.
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    Too late for that. They HAVE sucked for very long.

  11. Bright side for the Dolphins, NE scored Less than the Ravens! It’s a defensive improvement from week 1 to week 2!
    …………………………………………………………….

    And 14 of those points were Pick6’s.

    .

  12. “Gase is a complete moron, he or any other coach wouldn’t be saying that if their star QB gets a season ending injury when their team is up 40 points late in a game. I do agree to NEVER stop trying, but the value is to have 2nd and 3rd stringers getting live reps in a game NOT your marquee players taking a chance on getting injured by some idiot on the other team mad and taking a cheap shot on you.
    Again, I agree to keep playing to score but there is a smart way of doing it.”
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    Disagree. The value is in getting your offense and/or defense to get more reps and improve. There is huge value in that. Also, the way you get more reps for “2nd and 3rd stringers” is to rotate them through the game as depth and to keep everyone fresh. You don’t loook at them as “2nd and 3rd stringers”….you look at them as usable depth. The goal, aside from just winning, is to improve, become better, more efficient, and execute better. Abruptly pulling your “1st team” out and plugging in a “2nd team” does nothing but retard the improvement of the team as a whole.

  13. Was there even one article about the Ravens running up the score in Week 1?

    Why the “running up the score” articles only come out regarding the Pats, but no other team?

    Hmmm.

  14. I generally loathe everything about the New England Cheaters, I must say that it is not up to that team to lay off scoring; it is the JOB of the other team to stop them. This is a professional sport. If you aren’t man enough to do your job as the opposing team, you deserve to be embarrassed by the final score.

  15. Playing Brady is the DUMB part of it. Sorry, but even a BB fan as I am knows that is true when QBs are dropping like flies around the league.

    Protect his health and give the back-up experience if leading by 3 TDS in the 4th.

  16. I’m surprised that the potential RISK of leaving in starters longer than necessary hasn’t prevented “running up the score”. Fresh off the pre-season where starters didn’t even play because of potential injuries it’s hard for me to understand why any coach wouldn’t remove starters to protect them from injury AND get reps for back ups. Is point differential that valuable in making the playoffs? Not typically.

  17. I remember back when Ellis Hobbs was the Patriots’ #1 CB. They’d often get up by 23 points or so by the mid-third-quarter and their offense would start mysteriously sputtering and go 3-and-out repeatedly, almost like they felt they’d already won. This is also when they’d go into a “prevent” defense. But as it turns out, the corners couldn’t “prevent” an old lady with a walker from slipping past them and taking it to the house back then, ESPECIALLY when they were on the field the whole time. In the end, the game would turn out incredibly close. Was it entertaining? Yes. But the way they do it now is the right way.

  18. “Gase likes it because he plans on going playaction deep pass when the Dolphins are leading NE 42-6 with 38 seconds left in the game.”

    Lolz it is the NFL and crazier things have happened.

    That said, I don’t think Gase and this Jets roster are the ones to pull that off, at least against the Pats

  19. Apparently the Dolphins chose to fly a flag over their stadium with the score and time remaining of last years game ” 33-28…:07 “, somewhat along the lines of Indianapolis’ “AFC Championship Game Participant” banner (they got thrashed by 38 points), or their “1-0” banner after beating Houston in a Wild Card Game. That likely did not sit well with the Patriots as they entered the stadium in Miami, thus the 43-0 score, which easily could have been 59-0. Hang a banner.

  20. The problem with running up the score is if you are ding it with your star players and risking injury. If Brady gets injured in the 4th when up by 30…well then that was just bad luck and bad coaching. You don’t play stars for long in pre-season for a reason – just like you shouldn’t in the 4th of a blow out.

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