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Jets' Adam Gase rips ESPN for airing Sam Darnold's 'seeing ghosts' comment

Jets' Adam Gase rips ESPN for airing Sam Darnold's 'seeing ghosts' comment

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase won't be inviting ESPN and NFL Films to his Halloween party.

Adding further insult to the Jets' 33-0 loss to the Patriots on Monday night was mic'd up quarterback Sam Darnold's admission from New York's sideline that New England's defense had him "seeing ghosts."

It was surprising to hear Darnold admit to being so rattled. It was equally surprising that ESPN aired Darnold's comment, as there's usually a vetting process for "mic'd up" sound.

Asked Tuesday about #GhostGate, Gase responded with a harsh critique of that vetting process while singling out ESPN.

Gase's frustration is understandable, as Darnold's admission is a pretty bad look. So, who's to blame in all this?

According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, the Jets consented to Darnold being mic'd up for Monday night's game but did not sign off on his "seeing ghosts" comment being aired.

In fact, Mehta reported, that decision was approved by an NFL Films on-site representative, who apparently had final say on which portions of Darnold's audio would be broadcast.

So, it sounds like Gase's ire should be directed at NFL Films, not ESPN.

Of course, this whole mess could have been avoided if Darnold hadn't played the worst game of his NFL career. But some things are better left unsaid.

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Jets' Adam Gase had an interesting way of complimenting Julian Edelman

Jets' Adam Gase had an interesting way of complimenting Julian Edelman

The New England Patriots have sustained success over the past twenty years by maintaining continuity.

So much continuity, in fact, that Adam Gase feels like they're creating clones.

The New York Jets head coach was asked Thursday if Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman reminded him of a certain player. Gase went the expected route -- with an amusing twist.

"Either Wes (Welker) or Danny (Amendola)," Gase said in a conference call with New England media. "I mean, it's like they're cloning guys up there, it feels like sometimes."

Gase is hardly the first to make this comparison: All three wideouts have similar builds (5-foot-11 or shorter, 195 pounds or lighter) and have been target hogs in the Patriots' offense.

Welker was Edelman's predecessor as Tom Brady's favorite slot receiver, amassing 672 catches over six seasons in New England from 2007 to 2012. Edelman immediately flourished after Welker's departure, catching 105 passes for 1,056 yards in 2013.

And when Edelman went down in 2017 with a torn ACL? Amendola stepped right in with 61 catches for 659 yards.

Edelman has blossomed into much more than just a Welker clone, though, and should be a handful for the Jets on Monday night.

"What makes him such a tough cover is he does a great job with the stem of his routes," Gase added. "The way he plays every play, he plays extremely hard. He makes things look the same. He does a great job after he gets the ball of getting vertical. His run-after-catch has really been something that he's created a lot of yards. There's so much he can do, inside and outside."

" ... He does exactly what those guys need him to do."

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Report: Rumors flying Jets pursuing Peyton Manning as GM

Report: Rumors flying Jets pursuing Peyton Manning as GM

Jets are gonna Jet.

Amid reports of furniture-tossing dysfunction that led to the dismissal of their general manager earlier this week, Mike Florio of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reports that the Jets are pursuing a big name and "great strategic thinker" to pair with new coach Adam Gase and replace the fired Mike Maccagnan.

Enter Peyton Manning?

From Florio:

Rumors are flying within league circles that the Jets may make a run at the future Hall of Fame quarterback who has periodically been linked to NFL management possibilities. And Gase, who worked with Manning in Denver, possibly would be one of the few guys who could draw Manning back into football.

“It’s more than a talent-evaluation guy,” Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said Wednesday. “I want a great manager, a communicator, who can collaborate well with the building. I’m convinced we’re going to find that person.”

So, while his brother Eli may be exiting MetLife Stadium soon as Giants quarterback, Peyton would be entering as the guy to resurrect the Jets, work with Gase (who was QB coach and offensive coordinator with Manning with the Broncos), mentor second-year QB Sam Darnold and break the Patriots' stranglehold on the AFC East.

The big IF, of course, is if Manning, 43, who retired after leading Denver to the Super Bowl title after 2015 season, is indeed interested in the job. He's been pursued as a TV analyst, most recently turned down ESPN's offer to join the "Monday Night Football" booth and is the host and executive producer of “Peyton’s Places”, a series looking at the 100-year history of the NFL that will air on ESPN+ this summer.

 

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