In Jamal Adams vs. Adam Gase, time will tell

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With Jets safety Jamal Adams wanting out of New York, the ability of the Jets to get from Seattle an offer they couldn’t refuse for Adams is, frankly, amazing. Even with the Seahawks perennially picking in the lower portion of round one, the Jets have to be thrilled that they pocketed two ones, a 2021 third-rounder, and Bradley McDougald for Adams and a 2022 fourth-rounder.

Moving forward, the question becomes whether Adams’ complaints about coach Adam Gase had merit, or whether Adams was simply burning every bridge to an effort to get to a better team. On Tuesday, quarterback Sam Darnold rebutted Adams’ concerns about Gase, and Gase took the high road in answering the now-former Jet.

The proof ultimately will come from the Jets’ performance in 2020 — and from the manner in which Adams handles any adversity he encounters in Seattle. Indeed, Adams’ comments about Gase weren’t the first time the player popped off. Or the second.

Said Adams of his experiences with the Jets in 2017, when Todd Bowles was still the head coach: “[E]verybody was used to losing. You can always tell that vibe. I came in, and it was like everybody wanted to do the bare minimum. They didn’t want to go above and beyond. They didn’t want to take that extra step.” (Bowles later said that Adams “didn’t mean a lot of things that came out wrong.”)

In September 2018, when the Jets lost to the Browns on a Thursday night that featured the debut of Baker Mayfield after Tyrod Taylor suffering an injury, Adams called out the coaching staff for not having a proper strategy for Mayfield: “We had to be open to knowing that Baker could come in, but we were prepared for Tyrod. When Baker came in, obviously we didn’t have a game plan for him.” (Bowles later said that Adams “misspoke” and “didn’t mean it.”)

After a November 2018 loss to Gase and the Dolphins, Adams sounded off: “I’m sick of losing. Honestly, I’m sick of losing. Enough is enough. I’m fed up with losing, man. It’s the same, same, same stuff. It’s frustrating. I’m not going to hold my tongue for anything anymore.”

Later that same month, Adams echoed his comments about the 2017 season: “I could sit here and sugarcoat everything, but things haven’t changed. Obviously we’re still losing. I’m not saying we have guys like that in locker room, but at same time it’s not changing. It hasn’t changed. We’ve been losing. At the end of the day we’re going to get it fixed. Soon sun will shine.”

After the season ended, the Jets fired Bowles. Adams said that Bowles wasn’t to blame for the losing, and that the team simply needed better players. “You have to get big-time players,” Adams said. “It’s simple. You look at the Saints. You look at the Rams. You look at the Chicago Bears. You look at all those teams. You have to go get players.”

Although Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has handled plenty of big personalities over the years, Adams’ personality seems as big as they come, with real questions as to whether any coach can keep him from speaking his mind, no matter what impact it may have on the locker room at large. With Seattle surely having sky-high expectations (especially with Adams now on the team), it will be interesting to see what Adams has to say if the team fails to meet the standard that’s been set.

Clearly, the Seahawks currently are a much better team than the Jets. But maybe the turmoil created by Adams will cause the Jets to pull together and get the most out of their abilities. For them, the bar is clearly much lower than it is in Seattle.

In most seasons, there would be no reason to constantly compare two franchise on opposite ends of the country. This year, given the ruckus that Adams created on the way out the door, it almost will make as much sense to compare the Jets and the Seahawks as it will to compare the Patriots and the Bucs.

19 responses to “In Jamal Adams vs. Adam Gase, time will tell

  1. Jamal kinda a defensive version of AB…million dollar talent ten cent brain…good luck with that Pete

  2. Adams put them into a position where they had to get rid of him. He likely wasn’t going to play for them. Now he’s Seattle’s problem. Don’t be surprised if he starts AB’ing a few games into the season and demands a huge contract.

  3. What we already know is: The Jets won the trade and Adams is a loudmouth. It was never about Gase. The Jets were reluctant to pay a Safety big money when the team wasn’t very good (and rightfully so), then Adams became toxic and had to go. The Jets made a smart move and got a kings ransom for him.

  4. Gase has had problems with many star players on the Dolphins. Maybe someone needs to start looking at Gase and how he interacts with players. For someone that has not done anything in the league like Gase, people sure paint all the players that have had problems with him as the problem.

  5. This was a good article pointing out that Adams is two for two in calling out his own head coach. If you are a Seattle fan you have to really hope this is just a maturity issue and as he grows up he will smooth out.

  6. Gase has not earned the benefit of the doubt, that dude sucks everything up everywhere he goes. He was announced by the rest of the NFL as some sort of wunderkind during his seasons in Denver as Manning’s OC but it’s pretty clear now who was responsible for that success.

  7. Regardless, it’s a joy to watch the Jets be the Jets.

    Only they would botch top 10 picks at such a rate and consistency, continuing to draft selfish, dumb, entitled and immature prospects.

    Hilarious.

  8. Adams is a loud mouth toxic player, but Gase already had a track record of being a hot mess for locker rooms in Miami.
    Egos collided if you ask me, and neither was right.

  9. What’s lost in th this is that the coaches can only coach the players they have & that the Jets don’t keep their better players. The Jets bleed off their talent and that is the tell tell sign to me. Therefore, they don’t have enough guys setting a higher bar for the team or the locker room. They don’t resign their own players.

  10. You B. Crazy says:
    July 29, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    What we already know is: The Jets won the trade and Adams is a loudmouth. It was never about Gase. The Jets were reluctant to pay a Safety big money when the team wasn’t very good (and rightfully so), then Adams became toxic and had to go. The Jets made a smart move and got a kings ransom for him.
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    Perfectly put right here, brother. You nailed it all succinctly and thoroughly.

  11. teknision1200 says:
    July 29, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Gase has had problems with many star players on the Dolphins. Maybe someone needs to start looking at Gase and how he interacts with players. For someone that has not done anything in the league like Gase, people sure paint all the players that have had problems with him as the problem.
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    And yet, AS THE ARTICLE POINTS OUT, Adams was a big problem LONG before Gase entered the scene.

  12. It is entirely probable that Gase is incompetent and Adams is a slacker. But that will still mean the Jets won this. I’m not sure what Gase’s problem is, but if he is demanding and today’s cupcakes don’t like that, that is not Gase’s fault. He is not a baker. Today’s athletes need to grow the heck up.

  13. Seattle will be the winner of this one. Just wait until those two draft picks don’t pan out and the Seahawks are perennial contenders and my bring home a championship.

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