After a victory against the Jets in 2019, Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker expressed his excitement over the fact that he had beaten his former head coach, Adam Gase.
"Oh, it was very sweet," Parker told Steve Gorten (via Jacksonville.com).
Parker was a player whose relationship with Gase did not seem to be on the best terms; his agent had previously ripped Gase for "poor management" and "incompetence" in a heated statement.
Now, in New York, a player who hasn't been able to stay out of the news cycle is calling out Gase for similar reasons. Jamal Adams, whose future in New York has been the center of attention for Jets fans, criticized his head coach in a recent tell-all interview.
"I don't feel like he's the right leader for this organization to reach the Promised Land," Adams told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "As a leader, what really bothers me is that he doesn't have a relationship with everybody in the building."
Adams went on to say that instead of addressing the team when there is an issue regarding poor play or team chemistry, he'll let another coach do the talking. It appears that Gase hasn't done much talking with Adams one-on-one, either: Adams says that he hasn't spoken to him since late December.
Gase isn't the only member of the Jets staff that Adams has called out recently. The All-Pro safety recently commented on allegations against owner Woody Johnson with some passionate tweets.
Mehta says that the combination of his frustration with Gase and his deteriorating relationship with the team, especially in regard to poor communication with GM Joe Douglas, had led him to demand a trade from the Jets, a decision which has been highly publicized since he announced it in June. Mehta sums up the series of events in a concise but potent recap.
"In the span of six months, Douglas went from promising to send over a first contract proposal to pretending as if he had never made such a promise," Mehta said.
Douglas has since told Adams that they are open to trading him "if the right deal presents itself," but the haul the team might need is expected to be massive. Still, Adams is hoping that a trade will eventually come, and until then, he's going to report to training camp.
"I'm showing up for my teammates," Adams said. "Obviously my love and passion for the game is very simple.
"At the end of the day, I'm trying to be the greatest player to every play the game at my position."
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