NEW YORK - The fissure between the Jets and Jamal Adams cracked open, thanks in part to a deteriorating relationship between the All-Pro safety and his head coach.
The Daily News has learned that Adam Gase is a major factor why Adams has felt uncomfortable with his long-term future with the team and requested a trade. The News first reported last week that Adams sought permission to seek a trade after no movement toward a contract extension this offseason.
However, Adams' discontent runs much deeper than simply finances. The Jets' best player does not want to play for Gase anymore for myriad reasons, according to sources.
The prevailing sentiment in the Jets' locker room is clear: Players don't respect Gase, who has rubbed them the wrong way with his inability to lead and lack of support. The mercurial head coach also drew the ire of a litany of players during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins.
Too many people on 1 Jets Drive - including players, coaches and front office members - don't trust or believe in Gase, whose disingenuous bent hasn't been lost on people in the organization. They painted a picture of an insecure figure always willing to point the finger at others for the team's failings last season. No player, or person, was immune.
Gase's dislike for long-time trainer John Mellody paved the way for the respected employee's ouster (aka "reassignment") last week, according to sources.
Some team sources believe that Sam Darnold and David Fales are among the few returning players that actually tolerate Gase, a stinging indictment of a coach who has been associated with losing cultures for the better part of his football life.
Gase has worked for six teams in 17 NFL seasons. He's been a part of a team with a winning record in only four of those 17 seasons. Moreover, Gase has been part of a team with a winning record just once in 14 seasons without Peyton Manning on his team. His five offenses without Manning at the helm have finished 21st, 24th, 25th, 31st and 32nd, respectively.
That backdrop has raised plenty of eyebrows on 1 Jets Drive. Gase's awkwardness and poor communication skills haven't endeared him to players.
Some simply don't believe that he's fit to be a head coach. He doesn't comport himself as anything more than a glorified quarterbacks coach, according to some people in the organization.
So, perhaps it shouldn't be entirely surprising that the organizational instability under Gase played a significant role in Adams' decision to ultimately request permission to seek a trade last week.
Adams is amenable to playing for teams with a sound infrastructure and stable leadership without a new contract in 2020, according to people in the know. His desire to be a part of a turnaround with the Jets soured, in part, due to his lack of faith in Gase.
A bulk of the Jets locker room shares Adams' sentiment. There's a strong belief in the organization that the Jets will never become a winner as long a Gase is in charge. Most of all, people in the building believe that Gase's desire for self-preservation will trump all else.
His mere presence is playing a role in driving away the organization's best player.
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