If you thought that this week couldn’t get any worse than it already has for the New York Jets after Woody Johnson’s inappropriate comments, you were surely mistaken as Jamal Adams continues to pour gasoline on a fire. Adams did an exclusive interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News in which he unloaded on head coach Adam Gase and General Manager Joe Douglas. Adams went on to explain to the Daily News how he would have understood the team’s approach if they had stood by it right from the beginning, “If they would have just simply said, ‘You know what, Jamal — we’re not going to look to pay you this year, we want to keep adding players — I would have respected that more,” Adams said. “I would say, ‘You know what? I respect it. As a man, I get it. I understand it’s a business.’ But for them to tell me that they’re going to pay me and then not send over a proposal after they said that’s what they were going to, that’s where we go wrong. And then for you to ignore me, that’s why I have a problem.” However, Jamal’s anger with Douglas didn’t stop there as he went on to question Douglas’s desire to make him a “Jet for life”in Manish Mehta’s article. Adams continued to tell Mehta ,“Why would Joe come out and say, ‘We want to make Jamal a Jet for life? Why would you say that and then not even give me an offer?… Don’t B.S. me. I’m a straightforward guy. You don’t have to B.S. me, because I’m going to keep it honest.” As Manish Mehta pointed out, a big problem that has fractured this relationship between Adams and Douglas is when Douglas quickly changed his message in May by saying that they would like to see him play out this season before they make a long term commitment. As Adams told Mehta, “It was very insulting, you know I bust my ass for that organization every day. I work my ass off. For them to say that to me, I was like ‘Okay… Whoa! That was a little bit too far.”
Adams did not stop his public criticism as he also went after Adam Gase when he told the Daily News that he isn’t the right leader for Gang Green. To further solidify that statement, Jamal shared a damning example of this to Manish Mehta when he said “At the end of the day, he doesn’t address the team. If there’s a problem in the locker room, he lets another coach address the team. If we’re playing sh—y and we’re losing, he doesn’t address the entire team as a group at halftime. He’ll walk out of the locker room and let another coach handle it.” The two- time Pro Bowler went on to contradict Gase’s statement earlier about him having a great relationship with Adams from the day he arrived by telling the Daily News that he hasn’t spoken to Gase since his exit interview on December 30th.
While it is fair to question Gase’s leadership as a head coach in the NFL, Adams shouldn’t be trying to get an extension before this season starts when he is still under his rookie contract. Regardless, Adams needs to pipe down on his comments. However, the damage might have already been done because considering that he publicly attacked the general manager and head coach, that would send a poor message to any other team that might have interest in him because he has been nothing but a distraction for this Jets team. However, it should be noted that teams will give in to talent.
It is also worth mentioning as Manish Mehta pointed out, Joe Douglas has told Jamal Adams that he is open to trading him before the start of the season. However, as Manish Mehta went on to mention, Jamal still does not have permission yet to talk to any interested teams. The Jets still have the leverage since they will only move him if they get what they are looking for in return. On top of that, Jamal told the Daily News that he still plans to show up for training camp when it opens on Tuesday. If Adams was not to show up, he would likely have a better chance of getting his wish.
This will make for a fascinating Jets training camp when they open on Tuesday in Florham Park, New Jersey. The question that still remains out of all of this is wether Jamal will continue to pour gasoline on a fire or will he be quite and get to work at training camp? From what we have seen from Adams, he will be the gift that keeps on giving and will continue to voice his anger towards the Jets franchise throughout camp since he only cares about himself and being happy in a win now situation.