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.
Probably not the best way to endear yourself to a couple of players who will be placed in prominent roles. Adam Gase might want to shut down the leaks in the @nyjets building as the de facto GM. Trust between coach and player, particularly the star players is critical. https://t.co/OmBocjiFvk— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) May 15, 2019
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.
One disagreement between Adam Gase and Mike Maccagnan/Christopher Johnson...— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 15, 2019
Gase absolutely did not want to sign Le’Veon Bell, per sources. In fact, he made it clear that he didn’t want to spend a lot of money on any running back.
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.