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This is just brutal for Adam Gase . . .

He is continually attacked by the Daily News.

It’s got to be very rough on the individual and his family. Remember, if you think these things are tough on the public figure being attacked, they are usually even tougher on the person’s family – wife, kids, parents and so forth. At least from my experience.

What Manish Mehta is doing to Adam Gase, with regularity, is very unusual. Find me a print journalist, who covers a team on a regular basis, in any league, who brutalizes the coach to the degree Mehta goes after Gase. I’m telling you this is very unusual.

In late June, Mehta wrote, that according to a source, Jamal Adams wanted to be traded because he doesn’t like playing for Gase. And then in late July, Mehta got an exclusive interview with Adams where he trashed Gase on the record.

“I don’t feel like he’s the right leader for this organization to reach the Promised Land,” Adams told the Daily News “As a leader, what really bothers me is that he doesn’t have a relationship with everybody in the building.”

Adams was traded the next day.

So Adams getting traded wasn’t enough for Mehta. He needed to go after Gase during his first media availability following the trade.

The first part of his first question to Gase on Tuesday : “Jamal was pretty specific in that your not the right leader to take this team to the Super Bowl.”

Then he wrapped up the question with – “In what ways can you become an effective leaders and communicator.”

What if Gase doesn’t think he needs to be a more “effective leader and communicator?”

I’m not here to defend Gase, but what if he, or his bosses, don’t agree with the premise? The writer was taking Jamal’s agenda-driven statement (if was part of his carpet bombing campaign to get out), and portrayed it as a fact.

And then later on in the conference call, he asked: “Following up from before, in what specific ways can you become a better leader?”

Once again, maybe he doesn’t think he needs to be a better leader. Is Jamal Adams the new John Maxwell, a renowned leadership expert?

Obviously there are things Gase can improve from his first year as Jets coach, but is he supposed to now come out and say: “I need to become a better leader because Jamal Adams says so!”

I really not no relationship with Gase. I ask him questions in press conferences. That is it. But I have to admit, I kind of feel sorry for him.

The way he is being treated by the Daily News is way over the line.

Look, he’s a football coach, not a war criminal.

And the Daily News not stop attacks on him I think are getting to him a little. This would get to most people. Go back and look at all the hit pieces and Twitter attacks that writer has leveled at the coach over the last year.

What can the Jets do about this writer brutalizing their coach on a regular basis?

Tough call. One fan asked me if they can take his credential away. They could, but I don’t think they will. They don’t want to make him a martyr.

Now, you get the sense they do help out his rivals with information they don’t give the Daily News. If I’m not mistaken, the New York Post had the Adams’ trade first.

This isn’t a bad strategy, helping his competition, but not sure how much it’s working. He will just work around that and get “scoops” in other ways.

I don’t care what you think of Gase as a coach, he doesn’t deserve this many ad hominem attacks from one writer. He’s a football coach for goodness sake, not a felon.

July 30, 2020

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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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