Everyone seems to have an opinion on the Jets these days with critics far and wide weighing in on Gang Green’s latest saga, Tuesday’s departure of star running back Le’Veon Bell. A known locker-room headache on the back nine of his declining career, Bell’s New York tenure was doomed from the start.
The growing tension between Bell and equally abrasive head coach Adam Gase reached a boiling point over the weekend when the former Pro Bowler griped about his playing time (or lack thereof) on Twitter, which predictably rubbed Gase the wrong way. After a day of fruitless attempts to drum up trade interest in Bell, the Jets finally threw in the towel, cutting the disgruntled 28-year-old just 17 games into his tumultuous New York tenure. That gave ESPN personality and long-suffering Jets fan Mike Greenberg the perfect forum to annihilate a franchise he perceives as “the worst in football.”
“A year and five games ago they made [Bell] the second-highest-paid running back in the history of the NFL. And they managed, in that time, to reduce his value to literally zero,” said Greenberg, who had a lot to get off his chest on Wednesday’s installment of Get Up. “They couldn’t pay teams to take him off their hands.”
Greenberg also touched on New York’s earlier trade of star safety Jamal Adams who, like Bell, “wanted no part of being on this team.” “The Jets are not only bad—they’re the worst team in the NFL—they’ve also become a circus and a laughingstock,” continued Greeny, unable to hold his tongue amid another exasperating season of Jets chaos. “No one wants to be there.”
If you’re curious where Greenberg stands on Gase, whose inevitable Jets ouster has become a matter of when, not if, the longtime ESPN host didn’t hold back on the subject, addressing the failures of New York’s embattled head coach in his closing remarks. “I just showed you a highlight of Ryan Tannehill, who turned himself into a terrific quarterback when he became AG—after Gase. And he’s not the only one,” said Greenberg, putting the finishing touches on his scathing, minute-long monologue. “That is the reality of the circumstance right now with the New York Jets who, at this moment, feel like the worst franchise in football.”
Harsh as these remarks were, nothing Greenberg said was inaccurate as the Jets, no strangers to frustrating their tortured fan base, have really ratcheted up their organizational ineptitude in 2020. Telling Gase to kick rocks would be a start, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to fix this broken franchise, and boy does Greeny know it.
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