In Adam Gase’s first season as New York Jets’ Head Coach, he has made quite a few headlines thus far – most notably ambushing his own introductory press conference with a deranged look in his eyes, successfully cementing himself as the next big Twitter meme of the year. Crazy eyes aside, the Jets have added a lot of talent this offseason and possess a promising 22-year-old Quarterback headed into Year Two. Following the surprise firing of GM Mike Maccagnan, Adam Gase is in full control as acting General Manager. Although many people around the league have their doubts about Gase when it comes to player personnel and relationships with players, he has silenced these critics to this point, working to build strong chemistry and comradery within a locker room that has struggled to establish the right culture for decades.
Gase has received some high praise from his players, this including QB Sam Darnold and more importantly newly acquired RB Le’Veon Bell, who was rumored to be someone Gase did not want to sign in free agency. In an attempt to bring the players closer together and give them a chance to take a break from football, Gase canceled the final day of a mandatory three-day minicamp and took the Jets players to Top Golf to test their skills on the drive-in range. Judging by social media posts, the Jets organization is definitely not hiding the next Master’s Champion but, they did successfully do some team bonding activities. Le’Veon Bell, after missing voluntary OTAs, was one of the guys poking fun at some of his new teammates and their comically-ugly golf swings. This is a very good sign for the Jets, as it seems like their offensive superstar is warming up to his new home in East Rutherford.
Hoping For Results
This is not the first time we have seen an NYJ Coach take a divergent angle in building team chemistry. In 2013, HC Rex Ryan canceled a practice during OTA’s to take the team paintballing. Rex’s Jets finished 8-8 and fell short of the postseason that year. Adam Gase can only hope his team of golfers will emulate more success in 2019, as the Jets have failed to make the postseason since 2010 and experienced yet another 4-12 season last year. The Jets have lived in mediocrity for ages but, with a lot of new faces and a productive offseason, they will look to drive their way back into the playoff race in the AFC.