The Jets need more talent, but . . .

Jamal Adams says the Jets need more talent.

While this is true, it can’t just be any talent, but it must be guys who will “do their job” to paraphrase Bill Belichick.

And Adam Gase shares that same worldview with Belichick, and if you don’t study your playbook, and do what you’re assigned to do, and be a team player, the new Jets’ coach doesn’t want you on his team, no matter how talented you are.

In October, 2017, Gase, then coaching the Miami Dolphins, shocked many when he traded talented running back Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia. Why? Because Ajayi refused to spend the necessary time to get the playbook down. He was missing holes and assignments at times.

“At the end of the day, guys have got to actually take this stuff home and study it,” Gase said. “They’re not going to just learn it all in meetings. We’ve got to find guys that will actually put forth effort to actually remember this stuff and really, it starts with our best players.”

He also cut Ajayi for being more concerned with his workload than winning.

“[Ajayi] complained bitterly about not getting the football,” wrote Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero. “He stormed out of the locker room – get this, after wins – because he hadn’t gotten what he deemed to be enough carries.”

So Gase sent him packing.

So it’s important for Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to sign players who “do their job,” and work hard at their craft, not just add big names as some people are pushing him to do.

*Jamal Adams photo courtesy of Microsoft Surface’s Make Believe Happen campaign, which celebrates the ability to turn your dreams into reality through the use of technology and held multiple events at SBLIII to celebrate music, gaming, fashion, film, and content experiences, including a fashion show that Adams participated in.

Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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