Adam Gase on Pats running up the score: ‘This isn’t pee-wee football’
The New England Patriots have rolled over their first two opponents of the season with complete ease, and the case could be made that the team ran up the score a bit on their inferior foes.
Even with the prospects of potentially suffering the same fate in Week 3, New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has no issue whatsoever with the Patriots taking it to their opponents.
“I like it,” Gase said Thursday, via the New York Daily News. “But that’s just me.”
The Jets, already 0-2 and down two quarterbacks, arguably already are in throes of a lost season. Things won’t get any easier on Sunday at Gillette Stadium against the Patriots, either. Oddsmakers aren’t giving the Jets much hope in pulling out a win, as the Jets currently sit as 23-point underdogs.
Despite the potential of suffering a beatdown on Sunday, Gase cannot help but appreciate the way the Patriots have completely dismantled the Steelers (33-2) and the Dolphins (43-0) in the first two weeks of the season.
When asked if the Patriots running up the score is a violation of good sportsmanship, Gase made it clear where he stands on such issues.
“Nope,” Gase said. “It’s the NFL. This isn’t pee-wee football.”
Gase is of the old-school belief that if a team doesn’t want to get blown out and embarrassed, the onus is on them to do something about it. Further, Gase pointed out that the Patriots — or any other team, for that matter — would be doing themselves a disservice by sitting players this early in the season in a blowout.
“Here’s how I look at this,” Gase said. “It’s the second week of the season. The way that our league is structured now, those in-game reps are really valuable. Everything that you do in a game, especially at the beginning of the year, it’s going to help you get better for the mid-part to the end of the season.”
It merits noting that Bill Belichick insisted this week that the Jets are not a team that the Patriots can take lightly. Odds are Gase respects that take as well.