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New York Jets Quotes 12/30

New York Jets fans are encouraged to check out the following quotes from Head Coach Adam Gase:

On if he can clarify what was said postgame regarding Le’Veon Bell’s lack of involvement in the second half…
We had seven plays in the third quarter. He had one snap, Bilal (Powell) had three, we were four wide receivers, one tight end.

On Bell not getting a touch until two-thirds into the fourth quarter…
That’s football.

On if he would like Bell back as the starting running back in 2020…
He’s under contract for three more years. You can ask Joe Douglas tomorrow.

On if he would like Bell back in 2020…
You can ask Joe tomorrow. I’m not in charge of personnel.

On how the dynamic between him and Douglas will work during the offseason and how much input he’ll have into personnel decisions…
We’re going to go through personnel meetings on Thursday and Friday. We’re talking through how we’re going to structure this, how we go through everything. I’ve never done it with him.

On how he would assess Sam Darnold’s performance this season…
I feel like we had some really good games early where it was kind of up and down. It felt like he was very consistent here at the end. Thought he did a good job with really kind of honing in on specific things he wanted to work on and got better at those things. He did a good job projecting the football, we cut the turnovers way down and I think we’ll make a lot of strides in this offseason with some specific things that we’re going to kind of put together. We’ll be able to go back and watch the film.

On what difference it will make for Darnold being able to be in the same system during the offseason…
Huge difference, huge. It’s a big deal when you’re going into the spring and you’re not learning a bunch of new things. You’re trying to get better with more of your technique, fundamentals, the verbiage in the offense and all those types of things. You kind of know those, by heart and that’s where you can make a lot of strides when you’re working on.

On if that potentially makes next season a big year for Darnold and if it’s a critical benchmark for Darnold…
It’s hard to say that because, like you said, every year’s a big year. It doesn’t matter it’s your first, second, third, tenth, twelfth. I do think that he’s going to look at this as whatever this year was for him, when he goes back and reviews it, he’s going to anticipate he’s going to be better than he was this year. Whether it’s numbers, wins, however Sam looks at it, he’s probably looking at wins, because he never even talks about stats. Everybody else is going to look at rating and touchdown passes, interceptions and yards and all those things. I do think he’ll look at it as he should make a big jump.

On why he won’t publicly endorse Bell…
I have, I have all year.

On if he believes the offensive line shuffling because of injuries stunted part of the progression that Darnold could have made…
I don’t think it helped us. I think when we were having a lot of guys moving in and out, we kind of made the communication, we just kind of had to get back on the same page. I think when Jonotthan Harrison got back in there, it did kind of calm some things down a little bit. Just because he had been there earlier, there was a little bit of a rapport there. Kind of had a little bit of a reset and then it was bumpy, and then when Jonotthan got back in there it helped us a lot.

On if he needs to see Darnold do a better job of going through possessions in the pocket…
There has been times where we’ve talked through that get off one, go to two or three, get to the check down from the pocket. I think that’s something that we’re going to keep working on, that’s something that we can get better at. I think sometimes he’ll go to really kind of escape the pocket on his own instead of working through the progression, that’s sometimes what a young quarterback will do. I do think there were times where he did do a good job of staying in there and working through his progression in the pocket but that’s something that we can definitely work on this offseason.

On what he learned in his first season with the Jets that can help moving forward…
That’ll be one of those things that I look at this offseason, just kind of reflecting back now and it’s not over for me yet, so I’ll think about that later.

On what Bell meant to the team and how he interacted with teammates…
He’s just one of the guys, man, just fit in, did what was asked, tried to do the right thing, tried to help us get first downs, score points, win games. That’s it. When we were transitioning with some of the linemen and stuff, he knew that we had to work on efficiency and we were going to lack some explosive plays and he did a good job just saying, “Alright, I know what you want, I know you want me to get four yards and just keep us ahead of schedule,” and that’s what he did.

On how he can use Bell next year…
I think that was a conversation we had a couple weeks ago, we talked about looking at some of the stuff they did in Pittsburgh and talking through some of the things he’s comfortable with in the run game, especially early in the off season of trying to focus on those types of runs, and pass game, and we both are like, we’ll be able to take a break and then when we come back we can really hone in on some of those things that maybe we missed or we did too much of that he wasn’t really comfortable with. You know, it’s one of those things that allows us to evaluate kind of what we did as an offense, and then I can go back to him and we can talk through that stuff when we get back in the Spring.

On Jamal Adams’ long-term future with the team…
Well, that would be a great question for Joe tomorrow.

On Adams…
You guys know where I stand with Jamal, as far as, he has been one of the best players I have ever seen play in person, he has done nothing but work extremely hard, fight through injury, be there for his teammates, make plays when we needed him to, he has been the heart and soul of our defense.

On why he hasn’t explained to players why he posts fines…
We have explained everything to the players.

On if the players are aware that he posts fines…
Yes.

On how things will work between he and Douglas for the offseason…
It’s just a lot of meetings, a lot of talking through all that stuff. We’ll going to learn as we go. Joe does a really good job, he’s way ahead of it. He has the meetings scheduled, he kind of has everything planned out already, it’s going to be about me and him getting together, seeing how we can implement the coaches, what we’re going to do, whether it be Senior Bowl, combine, draft, free agency, all those types of things. We have a lot of things to go through.

On if he is considering any coaching staff changes...
Not at this moment, no.

On if the organization is going to look into the reason for so many injuries…
We’re about two months ahead of you. I wish it was cut and dry and say, “Hey we had 15 hamstrings.” But we’re having season-ending type injuries. We’ve had discussions with the training room, strength and conditioning, Joe and I have had conversations, we’ve talked to other people. We’re going to continue to take deeper dives and all that when we meet with the staff as far as was it practice schedule, training camp, offseason, is it something we’re doing during the season? We’re combing through everything because we can’t have this happen again.

On if he is considering changes in the training staff…
We haven’t even gotten there but I would say it’s highly unlikely.

On if he has a Twitter account that monitors what is said about him…
No. Do you?

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