Adam Gase has grown accustomed to hearing criticism from fans during what has been a disappointing first season as the head coach of the New York Jets, but apparently that does not bother him one bit.
Why? Because he’s making millions of dollars to lose football games, so what’s the difference?
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Gase has privately told people all season that he has never cared what diehard fans of a team think of him. His reason for that is reportedly that he is “rich as f—,” which Mehta says has been Gase’s go-to line since he was hired by the Jets nearly a year ago. Gase has used the phrase repeatedly any time someone mentions the way fans have dumped on him in his first year in New York.
Another phrase Gase has used is that his ““Give-A-Sh–t meter” is low because of how much money he makes.
Mehta goes on to report that there was optimism within the Jets organization that Gase would learn from his mistakes with the Miami Dolphins, but he has made it clear he has no plans to significantly change the way he does things. One adjustment he did make after being spoken to by the higher-ups is to not blow off questions during his press conferences.
While Gase claims to not care what fans think or say about him, some people are reportedly convinced that he or a family member has a burner Twitter account to monitor what is being said about Gase and respond to criticism.
“He’s an insecure guy,” one source told Mehta.
The Jets have taken a step back in 2019 and rank near the bottom of the NFL in most major offensive categories. The numbers are similar to what they were during Gase’s last season in Miami, though he apparently had an excuse lined up for that.
Gase is going to be back as the head coach of the Jets next season, but it would not be a surprise if he is on a very short leash. It’s one thing to lose, but it seems clear he is rubbing a lot of people the wrong way while not producing positive results.