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Crazy Eyes Is Calling The Shots

Who is advising Christopher Johnson? Linda and Kurt Rambis?

May 16, 2019 - 11:44 am
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It’s been roughly 24 hours since the New York Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger. And named head coach Adam Gase interim general manager.

And I still have no idea what they are doing. Aside from being the New York Jets.

There was a moment, a brief fleeting moment, where it was actually a serious topic that the Jets were the best run football team in New York. The idea being that the Giants were such a mess and the Jets had their quarterback of the future, they were building through the draft, and really just being very un-Jets like. It was a very weird time. Up was down and day was night.

And then they go and do something like this…and totally redeem themselves.

They are back to being the Jets and all is right with the world again.

Because only the New York Jets would do something like this?

And I’m not talking about firing Maccagnan. It’s not like he was a perfect general manager by any stretch. But if you were going to fire him, maybe you do that when you fire head coach Todd Bowles at the end of the season. Clean house then. Get a new GM, get a new head coach. And let’s start again.

That’s what most organizations would do. But not the Jets. Instead, team CEO Christopher Johnson kept him around. He had Maccagnan hire Adam Gase, spend $120 million in free agency, and run the draft. And then fired him in mid-May?!?

Have him do the three most important things a GM can do: hire a head coach, spend in free agency, and run the draft. Then fire him when nothing matters.

Who is advising Christopher Johnson? Linda and Kurt Rambis?

As Sheldon Richardson, the former Jet, now with the Browns, said: “Why they fired him now? After the draft? That’s just kind of pointless.”

It is kind of pointless. And it is very Jets.

The only way it could’ve been more Jets is if Christopher Johnson handed Maccagnan his pink slip while shouting J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

And yes, Johnson was hyping Maccagnan back in March, saying “I think he’s terrific at his job. He has a plan that I believe in. It’s really key that he’s working well with Adam.”

A lot of organizations hype guy’s right up until they fire them. But only the Jets would hype someone all the way through the most important months of their job, then fire them and turn everything over to Adam Gase. I repeat, Adam Gase. A guy with a career losing record as a head coach. And you just gave him the keys to the castle. 

Back-to-back losing seasons got Adam Gase fired in Miami and not just hired in New York, but hired and then promoted in New York, before ever coaching a game.

Adam Gase? He’s getting the Bill Belichick treatment? He’s shopping for the groceries and cooking the dinner?

That Adam Gase? The guy who was freaking out everyone at his introductory press conference with…well, whatever the hell was happening with his eyes.

He looked like he’d been kidnapped, drugged, and taken to that presser. But it turns out he’s the power behind the throne. You thought he had been kidnapped by the Jets? He kidnapped the Jets.

Look, I don’t want to visually indict someone, but maybe you don’t throw the keys of the organization to a guy who looks like he’s wearing prank googly eyes. Because then you get the New York Post running with headlines like “The Look That Kills”

Oh, and I haven’t even reached the best part yet. Because right after Maccagnan was axed, word came out that Gase never wanted Le’Veon Bell. You know, Le’Veon Bell, the biggest free agent signing for the Jets since, well, maybe ever?

Yeah, Adam Gase didn’t want him. And wanted to make sure that everyone knew that as soon as he dumped Maccagnan’s body overboard. 

I’d say that news leaked, but it didn’t leak, it rushed. And look, I get it. A lot of coaches don’t love big signings, especially when its big money going to running backs. Gase wouldn’t be the first head coach to say that signing a free agent back to a big deal is a waste of money.

But he might be the first head coach and interim GM to dump all over the team’s star free agent before handing him the ball once.

Are you trying to lose the team before you even coach them?

All of which had Bell tweeting:

There’s been a BUNCH of false reports and speculation about me in the past about things I’ve said and done, so I’m used to this. I don’t jump to conclusions when I hear or see a story that may affect me.

Even if reports are true, that won’t stop me from doing what I came here to do...everyone has a job to do, and I’m gonna do mine whether people “like” me or not. I’m here to win football games.

Translation: I guess my new head coach didn’t want me here, but I’m here, so what can I do?

And by the way, what the hell is going on with the Jets that they dropped a huge chunk of change on guy who the head coach didn’t want? How did Christopher Johnson sign off on that?

Christopher Johnson thought so highly of Adam Gase that after knowing him for a few months, just gave him the organization, but he didn’t consult with him on signing Le’Veon Bell? But then did listen to him when it came to firing the GM?

But if you listen to Johnson, Gase wasn’t involved in the firing at all: "This has nothing to do with Adam."

Okay, sure. There are two options here – the dude with the crazy eyes who you’ve known for a few months was involved in firing the GM of the last few years or you want us to believe he wasn’t involved at all and this whole idiotic situation is on your hands. Either you’re lying about the power play or you didn’t notice it. Either way, it’s a terrible look.

And I’m not sure who’s in over his head more, Adam Gase or Christopher Johnson. Either way, they’re perfect for each other. And perfect for the J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS…embarrassing as they ever were.  And yes, still more embarrassing than the Giants.