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Beware of the rhetorical.
You are seeing a lot of quotes in the media from this person, or that person, raving about Adam Gase.
Most of it means nothing, and it’s important to realize that.
And this article isn’t meant to be an attack on Adam Gase, who could turn out to be a very good hire.
But I am very picky with quotes I use. I actually I don’t use many.
Especially what I call, “What do you expect him to say” quotes.
The Jets set up some interviews today with Sam Darnold and media outlets like ESPN, the New York Post and the Daily News, and he raved about Gase.
He had a brief chat with Gase on Monday, which certainly makes him qualified to assess his new coach, don’t you think? This isn’t a rip on the player. He was doing the team a favor. It wasn’t his idea to set these interviews up.
First off, why are the Jets setting up interviews with their 21-year-old QB about a coach who hasn’t even been officially announced as their coach yet? Isn’t that kind of strange.
Adam Schefter, Ian Rapoport and Jeff Darlington announced on Wednesday that the Jets will hire Gase as their new head coach, perhaps because some of them are represented by the same agency. Agencies like CAA have a lot of coaches, players and broadcasters under the same umbrella.
But the team has made no announcement or even scheduled a press conference to introduce Gase, so why are you making their rookie QB to do a media tour about him?
I like Darnold as a QB, but he knows very little about Gase, so I have no interest in doing a long interview with him about his new coach.
I just talked a few minutes with the barista behind the counter at Starbucks. If any of you want to do any interview with me about him, give me a ring.
And then you have these interviews with former NFL players and coaches in the media about Gase, like Tony Romo, who said, “I think putting him together with Sam Darnold is going to be a very good combination. I think Darnold has some Peyton Manning-like traits, and Adam did a great job, obviously, with Peyton in that situation.”
I like Darnold, but I see an entirely different QB than Peyton Manning. Darnold had a low completion percentage this year which made it tough to sustain drives. Manning always had a high one and always scored a lot of points. Darnold likes to run around and Manning was like a statue in the pocket. Once again, not ripping Darnold. Jets did the right thing trading up to get a chance to pick him, but I don’t get this comparison AT ALL.
Newsday interviewed ESPN’s John Fox about Gase who worked for him in Denver.
He raved about Gase.
What do you expect former players or coach, now in the media, to say when asked about the new Jets’ coach, knowing the quote is going to be seen all over the internet, “I think it was a terrible hire. The Jets blew it.”
If you are a Jets fan, you can only hope their powers-that-be did a tremendous amount of research about Gase, and talked to a lot of people on background, and got blunt, unfiltered info on things like his temper, and like why he yelled at Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
Not getting caught up in Peyton Manning calling and pushing his former offensive coordinator on Christopher Johnson. Don’t get me going on this one.
I’m sorry, I have no interest in all these predictable, rhetorical quotes.
They mean nothing.
When it comes to this stuff, you need to separate the wheat from the chaff as they say on the farm.
January 9, 2019
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