October 14, 2020 | 4:00pm
The dysfunction never seems to end when it comes to the New York Jets. From hiring Adam Gase to then firing GM Mike Maccagnan after the 2019 NFL Draft to Sam Darnold’s regression to constant losing and a 0-5 start. Now, add releasing Le’Veon Bell less than two seasons into a four-year, $52.5 million contract to the long list of ineptitude from the Jets franchise. To talk about releasing Bell Tuesday night, we bring you an emergency edition of the “Gang’s All Here” podcast with me and Brian Costello.
Coz opens the pod laying out how it all went down, nobody wanting Bell’s potential $8 million next season if he were to get injured this year and now the Jets paying Bell to play for someone else. Coz does not see teams lining up to sign him, but eventually some team will probably sign him if it has a good offensive line and team around him. I get into the Bell era with the Jets not being memorable for what he did on the field. His longest run was 19 yards. He did not have a single memorable play in a Jets uniform. The blame goes all around. Adam Gase did not use Bell properly, clearly was never in love with the Jets spending a ton of money to sign him and should have found ways to get him the ball more. Bell also didn’t have a good offensive line that was built for his patient approach, which is how he had a lot of his success in Pittsburgh. Sitting out a year didn’t help his case, especially being a running back, where you regress when you pass the age of 30 most of the time. Darnold playing terribly also didn’t help Bell’s case of potentially catching balls and being better. Darnold’s poor play is a far cry from future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger. That Le’Veon Bell breakup song Taylor Swift style is going to be a hit, though.
The Jets are the laughingstock of the NFL. Plain and simple. There isn’t a culture here that is conducive of winning. Things need to change. GM Joe Douglas has a lot of work ahead of him. We talk about the handful of core players this team has for the future. Maccagnan was such an abomination that he took Christian Hackenberg in the second round. That leads to “Brian’s Book,” as Coz tells the story of Hackenberg not even being able to start in the AAF and what Todd Bowles said to him at the Combine after that happened. We wrap up the opening segment previewing the Jets-Dolphins game Sunday and how things can continue getting ugly for Gang Green.
NFL Network reporter and WFAN personality Kim Jones then joins the podcast. Jones talks about Bell’s tenure with the Jets and not having a memorable play. She believes Bell does not have much left as a feature back and can’t think of many teams that would want him. She gets into her expectations and what to watch for with the Jets the rest of the season, including rookies La’Mical Perine and eventually Denzel Mims. Jones gets into the team’s lack of culture, needing to draft better and rookie punter Braden Mann being the most consistent player. Jones and I debate blame going on Gase and why she thinks it’s hard to evaluate his coaching with the players he has on the roster. We get into needing a CEO-like coach and there not being many, if any, out there for the Jets to hire. The Penn State alum also gets into the Bills rebuilding the right way and how good Josh Allen is becoming with playmakers around him.
Catch up on all episodes of “Gang’s All Here,” a New York Jets podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Coz and Jake on Twitter @BrianCoz and @JakeBrownRadio for updates on the show. The next episode of the podcast drops Monday.