Adam Gase’s focus was squarely on the Dolphins on Wednesday when asked about the decision to release Le’Veon Bell and that didn’t change after the former Jets running back agreed to a one-year deal with the Chiefs.
In other words, the Jets’ coach wasn’t going to offer much insight into Bell joining the defending Super Bowl champions.
“Focusing on Miami, man,” he said on Friday, when asked about the three-time Pro Bowler, mimicking his comments from Wednesday about Bell.
The winless Jets attempted to move the disgruntled Bell on Monday and Tuesday, but couldn’t find any takers, so they released him on Tuesday night. By Thursday evening, he had agreed to join the Chiefs.
Gase also didn’t have much of a reaction to veteran linebacker Avery Williamson saying that the team cutting Bell sends a message that “nobody is safe.”
“Everybody is fighting for their job every day, whether you’re a player or a coach,” Gase said.
Williamson and running back Frank Gore both said they were surprised to see Bell get released after returning from a three-week stint on Injured Reserve by starting in Sunday’s lopsided loss to the Cardinals.
“It’s a production business and they’re trying to win,” Williamson said on Thursday. “I feel like always you got to be on point with everything. It’s one of those things. It can happen to anybody, honestly. Just hoping for the best for him.”
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