Nearly three months after he was hired as the new Jets head coach, Adam Gase will stand in front of his team for the first time Monday morning.
The Jets begin offseason workouts, meaning the players will return to the team’s Florham Park training center (it is voluntary), and Gase can begin to talk football with his players, and the coaches can start to figure out what they have entering the 2019 season.
For Gase, his emphasis is on a new beginning for him and the team.
“Just letting these guys know whatever’s happened before, I don’t really care,” Gase said about his message to the team. “Whoever you are from this moment forward, that’s who I’m going to know. You could have been late, disruptive, a terrible football player, and when April 8 starts you can be on time, great in the locker room and play well and that’s what I’m going to know. Whatever you are going forward on April 8, that’s what I’m going to know. That’s what our coaching staff is going to know. That’s what our front office is going to look at. To me, it’s a fresh start for everybody because that’s what it has to be. We’re moving forward and whatever’s happened in the past is irrelevant.”
A fresh start is essential for a Jets team that has won 14 games over the past three seasons and for whom losing has become the norm. A fresh start is also essential for Gase, who now moves into his second head-coaching job after missing the playoffs in his final two years with the Dolphins.
The Jets’ decision-makers loved Gase when they sat down with him in January. The word you most commonly hear from people inside the Jets about Gase is “energy.” That might be a dig at his predecessor, Todd Bowles, who did not exude energy, but it is also a compliment to Gase, who has been all over the building in his first few months on the job.
“He talks with me, he talks with the coaches, he’s over on the business side — and coaches never go over on the business side,” CEO Christopher Johnson said. “He really has integrated himself into our organization in a way that is just super positive.”
Gase said he and general manager Mike Maccagnan have been getting to know each other, a process that takes time.
“I think we’ve learned a lot about each other,” Gase said. “We’ve spent a lot of time with each other, a lot of conversations, a lot of interactions. When you get started, I’m trying to figure out where we are roster-wise, contract-wise, all those type of things. He’s trying to figure out, ‘What do you need for your system, your defensive system, your special teams? How do you want to build this thing?’ So we had to have a lot of conversations. You can’t just not have those conversations, you won’t get anything done and you’re just going to be unproductive. So we spent a lot of time together and we’re constantly just trying to learn each other.”
One of the things the Jets are excited about with the offensive-minded Gase is what he and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams are going to bring to practices. There was a feeling under Bowles that practices were not competitive enough. Gase and Williams have promised to go at each other.
“For me, I don’t like to lose,” Gase said. “I don’t like to lose in free agency. I don’t like to lose in anything. That’s just how I am. When we hit the preseason, in my head I want to win. I understand that we have a process to go through and we have to do certain things a certain way for those games. That’s just my competitive nature. When we go to OTA one I’ll walk out of that practice and in my head I’m going to be like did Gregg Williams win or did we win on offense? I know I’m the head coach but at that moment that’s how I’m thinking. I have to make sure I do the right thing for the team.”
Published at Sun, 07 Apr 2019 21:49:51 +0000