Adam Gase confirms threatening Dolphins players with trade to Browns
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase confirmed Friday an accusation that he jokingly threatened players during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins with a trade to the Cleveland Browns when he was unhappy with them.
The notion that Gase would pull such a stunt was first suggested by ex-Dolphins wideout Jarvis Landry after he was traded to the Browns in March of 2018.
Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News relayed that Gase did indeed make such “threats,” but it appears to have been in jest.
Adam Gase admits that he did joke with Dolphins player in a meeting before the trade deadline that if disgruntled players didn’t fall in line, he would trade them to Cleveland as a punishment.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 13, 2019
Jarvis Landry alluded to this after he was traded to Browns
“I don’t remember exactly what I said,” Gase said, per 92.3 The Fan’s Keith Britton. “It was supposed to be a joke.”
Gase confirming the slam from last season of course comes amid the buildup to the Jets’ showdown with the Browns on Monday night. Whether or not last season’s smackdown of the Browns season rises to the level of bulletin-board material is entirely dependent on how current Browns players choose to interpret Gase’s comments.
That said, given the inflammatory accusation Odell Beckham Jr. leveled against Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams this week, the case can be made Gase’s chatter only levels the playing field when it comes to such things.