The New York Jets have had issues with multiple players over injuries this season, but head coach Adam Gase clearly does not feel the team has done anything wrong.
Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa blasted the team in a series of tweets on Thursday after he was fined for missing treatments on his neck. When asked about the situation on Friday, Gase told reporters the Jets try handle their issues in-house and said there is “probably a reason” players like Enunwa choose to air out their grievances on social media.
The implication from Gase seems to be that Enunwa knows he is wrong. Enunwa, who missed all of the 2017 season due to a neck injury and is out for this season after re-injuring his neck, said in his Twitter rant that he missed two treatments this week. He says the first was a result of taking his wife, who is a veteran, out for lunch on Veterans Day. The second, he claims, was due to an emergency at home. Enunwa noted that he should have informed the team ahead of time, which is likely the biggest issue for the Jets.
The Jets are within their right to fine a player for missed treatments, and Enunwa would have more of a reason to be outraged if he gave the team advanced noticed and was still fined. That said, two players have filed injury grievances against the Jets recently, so these issues seem to be popping up more and more. Gase may feel he and the team are in the right, but public disputes with players usually indicate some sort of a communication problem.
Quincy Enunwa blasted the New York Jets in a series of tweets on Thursday night after being fined by the team for missing treatments on his neck.
Enunwa missed all of the 2017 season due to a neck injury and is out for this season after re-injuring his neck. He only played in one game this season and has been receiving treatment since.
Enunwa says he missed two treatments in the past week, once on Monday for taking his veteran wife out to lunch for Veterans Day, and another for a home emergency. He says he did not reach out to the team until after missing the treatments, but he feels the fines were excessive.
“This s— feels like punishment already and then they FINE me the max. And then want me to continue to do my rehab there and IF I get healthy they want me to then play for them after. I’m not writing this for sympathy and never wanted to even say anything, but when multiple teammates are coming to me saying it’s f—ed up I don’t care to sit on it anymore,” Enunwa wrote (edited for profanity).
Enunwa should have given the team prior notice and asked for permission to miss the treatments, like he noted. Had he done so and then the team fined him, then his outrage would be called for. The Jets are within their right to fine a player for missing treatment, and you could even look at it the other way and say it’s a good sign they still care about Enunwa and want him to be around the team and facility. However, the team should also strive to have a good relationship with their players/employees. If they had any inkling the fines would lead to such backlash, then they should have handled things differently.
This is the latest hit to the Jets’ image, as they have been accused of mishandling multiple situations this year. Two players have filed injury grievances against them recently, and star safety Jamal Adams was upset about being mentioned in trade talks.
Quincy Enunwa has been the favorite target of New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold so far this season, but the rookie will need to find a way to make plays without him for the next several games.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that an MRI revealed Enunwa suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport adds that Enunwa is expected to miss up to four weeks.
Enunwa leads the Jets with 22 receptions and 287 receiving yards this season. He and Darnold have established solid chemistry with one another, though Darnold has targeted him a bit less over the past two weeks. The Jets will need Robby Anderson and Terrelle Pryor, among others, to step up in Enunwa’s absence.
Every NFL team has that one offensive player who makes his team go. It can often be the quarterback, but some offenses are built around a talented running back or a dominant No. 1 receiver.
Which offensive player is most vital to each team’s success? Which player does everyone look to to get it done when it’s most needed? Here’s a look.
Arizona Cardinals — David Johnson, RB
It’s not really a coincidence that the Cardinals struggled so much last season after Johnson suffered a season-ending wrist injury after just 11 carries in the season opener. The 26-year-old scored 20 touchdowns the year before, so losing him meant the absence of their biggest playmaker. He should be ready to go this season, and Arizona will be desperate for him to return to the form that saw him lead the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage in 2016.
Atlanta Falcons — Julio Jones, WR
The Falcons will want to get Jones’s contract situation squared away as quickly as possible, because Matt Ryan needs him. His yardage numbers are incredible, and he’s collected at least 1,400 yards receiving in every season since 2014, even in spite of the occasional health issue. 1,500 yards is well within reach for Jones if he is healthy in 2018.
Many players throughout the years have predicted that their teams will overtake the New England Patriots in the AFC East, but Bill Belichick’s team has won the division nine consecutive years and 15 out of the last 17. One member of the New York Jets thinks that can change in 2018.
In an appearance on CBS Radio Friday, Qunicy Enunwa told hosts Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber that he believes the Patriots are “vulnerable” heading into next season. The Jets receiver later said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he was merely responding to a question in that interview, but he sees no reason why New York can’t win the AFC East.
“Obviously, I just wanted to agree,” Enunwa said. “I think they may be. But I also think that we’re capable of finally dethroning them. I think that we’ve always been. It’s just about getting over that hump of finishing games. Not to add more bulletin board material for them, but I think for us, we’re hyper-confident and believe that we can do that.”
Consistency has been the reason the Patriots are so good year in and year out, but it’s worth noting that there are more questions surrounding the team this offseason than in recent years. It’s obvious that the relationship between Tom Brady and Belichick is not as strong as it once was, and there’s a chance that could impact the way the 2018 season goes.
All that said, the Jets will either be starting veteran Josh McCown or rookie Sam Darnold in Week 1. Making the playoffs would be a very tall task given the circumstances. Belichick and Brady could despise each other and the Patriots would still deserve to be the AFC East favorites.
Things have gone from bad to worse for the New York Jets.
Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, clearly the team’s top receiving option, is reportedly out for the season with a neck injury suffered during training camp.
This is a huge blow to the Jets, who were already expected to be bad. Their receiving corps is almost embarrassingly thin without the 25-year-old, who had 58 receptions for 857 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. A roster that some felt was already historically bad is bound to be even worse without Enunwa on the field.