Jets Notes: Bell, Gase, Darnold, Anderson

Here is the latest from the Jets, beginning with some fallout from their disappointing Le’Veon Bell contract:

  • Adam Gase took issue with Bell’s social media habits and was said to have expressed dissatisfaction with the running back last season. That was a two-way street, to a degree. Bell expressed disappointment in Gase’s game plans in 2019, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Bell discussed the prospect of requesting a trade this offseason, should his Jets situation fail to improve, but decided instead to stay the course, Mehta adds. This, however, ended up being a moot subject — largely because of Bell’s disastrous contract. The Jets, who previously shopped Bell’s lucrative deal, released him Tuesday.
  • The Jets will be without Sam Darnold again this week against the Dolphins. The team will hold its starting quarterback out of its Week 6 contest, giving offseason addition Joe Flacco another start. Flacco averaged just 5.9 yards per attempt in a 195-yard day against the Cardinals.
  • By Sunday, Darnold will have missed seven career starts in his three-season NFL tenure. Durability may be a concern, even though Darnold’s absences have been related to two separate injuries and mononucleosis. The former No. 3 overall pick’s coverage recognition, however, has been a discussion point this season, per Rich Cimini of The Jets will need to decide on Darnold’s fifth-year option by May, but they may be in position to draft Clemson prodigy Trevor Lawrence. More intel on Darnold will be necessary by season’s end, even if the team does not land the No. 1 overall pick.
  • Robby Anderson‘s Panthers pact has thus far worked out well for Carolina. On a three-game win streak, the Panthers have seen the former Jets deep threat thrive in an all-around role. Anderson has eclipsed 99 receiving yards in four of Carolina’s five games and leads the team — by more than 100 yards — with 489. Anderson did not produce a 1,000-yard season with the Jets and intimated he prefers his Panthers role. “I love being in this system because for so long it was, ‘Oh, he’s only a deep threat,'” Anderson said during an interview with Josina Anderson (via Cimini). “It used to eat me up because I’m like, ‘I know what I can do.’ I love that I’m in this offense, where I really get to catch and run and play football.” Anderson signed a two-year, $20MM deal ($12MM guaranteed) with Carolina.
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  1. goldenmisfit

    This was a match made in hell from the very beginning. Let’s all be honest whether you hate this team or love this team we all knew Adam never wanted bell and was going to do everything in his power to try and convince the front office they did not need bell. This head coach is the same guy when asked if he made any mistakes with bell actually said “being he is no longer part of this team it is irrelevant“ that is how stubborn this guy can be. To all Jets fans who wondered why the dolphin players showed a video of them clinking champagne glasses upon his firing as the dolphins head coach now you know. This guy is no leader what he should have done when the Jets signed bell was watching film of bell at a Pittsburgh Steeler and go off that template. He refused to do so because he would rather lose his way then win someone else’s. The New York Jets in order for them to flourish as a franchise and stop being the punchline of everyone’s jokes they are going to have to relieve your head coach of his duties. This is the same guy who made sure Adams was traded and made sure belt was released. They are now 7-14 under this head coach and it is only going to get worse.

    • despicable_you

      A good coach has a great game plan, a great coach a game plan plan for his great players. Base isn’t even good

    • phenomenalajs

      It sounds similar to what happened to the Knicks – a team with an even worse owner – when Phil Jackson was team president. He was determined to have teams that would play the triangle even if the personnel was not suited to that. Gase has been a disaster.
      As for Darnold, with all the mistakes he’s made, I still believe the talent is there. I don’t think either Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields is the answer considering what they’ll have surrounding them. I’d rather get Sam a weapon like Ja’Marr Chase than start over with a new QB.

      • emac22

        Interesting idea.

        Melo was incompetent and couldn’t run a basic triangle while Bell is a running back who can’t run. The idea that both of them are overpaid, worthless and blame their failures on management is more alike than I had considered.

        Why do New Yorkers seem to think that great players suck unless coaches coddle them and figure out how to find some value in players who don’t believe in a team concept, winning or their even teammates right to exist.

        Believe it or not a real star carries his team. Not the other way around.

        • lmao are you accusing fans of New York sports of not being critical enough of players? Have you ever listened to a New York sports fan or NY talk radio or read the sports section of a NY paper?

          Do you seriously think Melo was given a pass and that Jackson shouldered all the blame? If so, you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

    • andremets

      Ok, ok, we get it. Gase was a bad hire. My god. How many times do we need to be reminded?

      Best bet is to let Gase finish the year to ensure we get the #1 pick. See how the Falcons screwed themselves with their first win simply out of petty anger?

  2. Bottom line is the Jets spent a ton of money to get a player (and then fired the guy who signed him), then released him to placate their horrendous, clueless coach. If the Knicks didn’t exist, I’d say the Jets are the most dysfunctional team in sports.

    • andremets

      I think Bell had to go because he quit on the team. Even if it was due to Gase, a quitter is just a cancer.

  3. wagner13

    Just add Anderson to the list of players that have thrived once escaping Adam Gase’s system. He joins Drake, Tannehill, and DeVante Parker in this regard

    • andremets

      Anderson was mediocre even before Gase and his contract during free agency reflects that. Let’s see his numbers by end of the year. I’m sure he will start disappearing during games again like he always did during past games.

  4. The jets just need to rid themselves of Gase at this point even without a viable intern candidate. He’s shown nothing but the ability to ruin talent and put up embarrassing losses

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      Agreed. Practically anyone would be a better choice than Gase right now. He should’ve already been gone.

  5. emac22

    Disagreeing with a players social media habits is just like a player disagreeing with a coaches game plan.


  6. Yep it is

    Lawrence should come out right now and say he isn’t playing with a loser franchise like Jacksonville and the Jets. Let the bidding begin.

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      I don’t think the Jacksonville situation is quite that bad. It’d be hard to say you’re not going to play for two teams who will likely have top 5 picks, especially when the NYG probably won’t take a QB. Washington might, but is that situation really any better than Jacksonville?

      I do tend to agree with you on the Jets, though. If I’m Lawrence, I’d make it known I won’t sign there if drafted.

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