New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell did not look happy after his team’s 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Bell declined interview requests after the game, with the Jets falling to 0-5 on the year, with the five losses earning at least 11 points. Instead, he seemed to make a subtle note of frustration on Twitter by “liking” the tweets that questioned why Bell only had one target in the passing game against Arizona.
Bell’s misfortune made head coach Adam Gase miserable.
Via SNY, Gase said Monday that he did not appreciate Bell expressing his frustrations on social media.
“I hate that that’s the route we’re going with all of this instead of just telling me about it, but it’s the way guys want to do it these days,” Gase said.
Bell had 13 carries for 60 yards and caught a pass for seven yards in the loss to Arizona.
No one with the Jets will be happy with their current situation. They are a struggling team that already know they are playing a tightrope with a head coach in Gase who may not survive the season. The frustration is understandable and Gase certainly understands why Bell would be frustrated.
“No, I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about these specific topics yet. This is what it is, ”Gase explained. “I know he’s frustrated that we didn’t win. It wasn’t necessarily the plan not to target him in the passing game. It’s just kind of like that because of the way they played us. This is what it is. You just have to try to find ways to make football move, that’s all we’re trying to do. Does not always go exactly as planned.
“I understand that players get frustrated when they feel they should be more targeted or have more contact. There are a lot of guys who feel that way and we just need to get back to work and find ways to get our guys involved.