Veteran running back Frank Gore explains just how important Adam Gase was to his decision to sign with the New York Jets.
Interesting. Whenever a former Adam Gase player talks ill of the head coach, certain parts of the media is all over the topic. When a former player sings his praises, that very same portion puts up… crickets.
On Wednesday, Frank Gore proudly revealed the reason he signed with the New York Jets.
“I got an opportunity to get back with a good friend and a guy I respect, and I’m happy that he wanted me to be on his team,” via Jim Trotter of NFL.com.
Gore, 36, played for Gase in 2018 while with the Miami Dolphins. Also interestingly, similarly to the previously-mentioned crickets, he put up solid stats under Gase, another example of media crickets (by way of former players playing better under Gase).
In 14 games, Gore rushed for 722 yards, good enough for an excellent 4.6 yards-per-carry, something Le’Veon Bell didn’t enjoy under Gase’s first Jets season. Gore made it clear he’s also excited to be joining Bell in New York.
“And I’m happy to be around a guy who has done some great things in this league in Le’Veon Bell. That can motivate me. And I can help out the young kid that they just drafted, La’Mical Perine.”
The ageless one is an undoubted NFL unicorn. Rarely can a running back stick in a running back-rotation in his late 30s. Gore, the NFL’s third-leading rusher all-time, will turn 37 later this month.
“You will never be that young guy again, but when I looked at myself on film last year in Buffalo, you couldn’t tell my age,” Gore said. “I’m talking about when I was playing a lot in the first half of the season — like when I played against New England the first time, when I was playing against Cincinnati when I was playing against the Jets and Giants. Before the bye week (Week 6), I was pushing for 1,000 yards.”
Gore, Bell and La’Mical Perine make for a solid trio of backs. Joe Douglas did his job—the offensive line will enter training camp with a serious talent upgrade and plenty of competition. It’ snow up to Adam Gase to make sure it works.