The big calls-to-play controversy continued on Monday with Jets coach Adam Gase providing more clarity than he did on Sunday on who was calling the games.
It emerged that Gase had taken over the play call in Sunday’s 20-3 loss to the Dolphins after offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains called the plays the previous four games. But Gase said that was not the case during his post-match press conference. He was asked for further clarification on Monday.
“It’s a collaborative effort between Dowell, myself and the offensive staff obviously involved,” Gase said. “For us to say like, who’s calling what, when, what situation and those things is really a competitive disadvantage at the end of the day. You don’t want teams to know, “Hey, does this guy call runs, call passes, call play actions, call voids, call dropbacks? Who has the third down and the red zone? It’s kind of for us to be able to really do it without having to release it to the public, but the past three weeks it’s been a collaborative effort throughout the game.
Gase has gradually picked up more game calls from Loggains over the weeks. Sunday was about 50/50, each taking on different situations. Gase explained this poorly after the game.
This is an example of a minor issue that explodes in a 0-11 season. If the Jets won, no one would care who called the games. But they are not, so everything becomes a problem.
A bright spot for the Jets continues to be the play of second-year defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who had a solid outing against the Dolphins. Williams had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hits, two defenses and a forced fumble.
“I don’t mean to say it’s the most impressive game I’ve seen him play, but I think he’s had a lot this year and certainly sees improvement throughout the season.” , Gase said. “I mean he’s been there – early in the year, maybe there was a little bit, he wasn’t that consistent, but man, that kind of mid-season, j have the impression that he really shows himself to be [tackles for loss] or create pressure on the quarterback. He’s playing his ass right now.
Gase hasn’t provided much more information on what’s going on with guard Alex Lewis, who was inactive for Sunday’s game for a non-offensive reason. Gase would only say that it is managed internally. Gase has denied a rumor circulating on the internet that he and Lewis had had a heated argument.
“We had a conversation. I wouldn’t call it, I don’t know if it’s really a verbal altercation, but we had a conversation and right now, like I said, we’re dealing with it internally, ”Gase said.