Le’Veon’s release/Gase’s future Dan Leberfeld

The Jets released running back Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday night.

But this move has little to do with Adam Gase’s future with the team.

And has everything to do with GM Joe Douglas trying to build a strong football culture.

Who knows what the future holds for Gase. Douglas probably doesn’t even know that. Douglas isn’t Gase’s boss. Christopher Johnson is.

All Douglas can control is the players on the roster.

He needs players who are going to buy-in. Bell clearly isn’t buying in, and probably never did, and you throw in the player’s mercurial behavior on social media, it was probably time for Douglas to move on from another wasteful signing by the former regime. You always need to mindful of how disgruntled veterans can impact the mindset of young, developing players.

It’s still shocking, regardless of who the coach is, that Bell didn’t attend his first off-season program with a new team right after signing in 2019. Don’t you want to show your commitment to your new team, by working out with your new teammates, and getting comfortable in the playbook? That was bizarre, man.

WFAN’s Boomer Esiason reported that Bell was also late for meetings last year.

And he really hasn’t had much of an impact on wins and losses. The Jets should be able to function at running back with La’Mical Perine, Josh Adams, Ty Johnson and Frank Gore.

So it was perhaps time for the Jets to move on from Bell, and it has zero to do with Gase and his future with the team. People shouldn’t mix up the two issues.

This has everything to do with Douglas, who is one year into a six-year contract, trying to build a strong football culture.

Douglas can only control the roster right now. He has no say in who the coach is, though he obviously should moving forward. He clearly should be promoted to football czar and lord over the entire football operation. That is a no-brainer.


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