There are plenty of ways to endear yourself to your players as a head coach. Demonstrating faith in the team, putting in effort and taking the time to get to know each player individually is a great way to start.
However, someone should probably advise Jets HC Adam Gase that revealing he thought ex-GM Mike Maccagnan overpaid for a pair of star players is not a good way to build a solid rapport with his new team.
That's not exactly the best way to foster the players' confidence in Gase as their new head coach.
It's especially awkward considering Bell figures to be the centerpiece of the offense while Mosley leads the linebackers on defense. And as we saw with his infamous contract holdout, Bell is not a personality to be trifled with.
The unfortunate fact of the matter here is that Gase's personal preferences have obliterated whatever foundation chemistry the team had. The trust between him and the players will suffer greatly because of his comments. While he may not have wanted to break the bank on Bell this offseason, it's been done, so what's the use in complaining about that after the fact?
In the wake of all the drama, one thing is absolutely clear; locker room politics are going to be a nightmare for the Jets in 2019.