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Jets' Adam Gase annoyed by reports of a rift with GM Mike Maccagnan

Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media

Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the team's rookie orientation on May 10, 2019, at the Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. Credit: George A. Faella

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Adam Gase was upset about reports of a rift between the Jets’ coach and general manager Mike Maccagnan before the NFL Draft last month.

Gase said they are in constant communication and that there are no issues.

“Unless I say it, it’s really irrelevant to me,” Gase said Friday. “I don’t know who decides to put that stuff out there. It kind of pisses me off a little bit. We have discussions on everything. That’s our job. We have to work through so much stuff. That’s what we got to do. That’s all we’ve done since we’ve been in there.

“Since we started, we’re constantly in communication whether he’s coming down to my office or I’m going to his office. That’s all we’re trying to do is just trying to make sure we’re on the same page all the time and making sure that we’re trying to put this thing together as well as we can in a short period of time.”

Gase has been the Jets’ coach for four months, and he and Maccagnan have retooled the team through free agency and the draft.

The Jets are holding a rookie orientation this weekend, and this was the first time Gase addressed the media since the reports surfaced. Multiple stories said Maccagnan could be fired after the draft. Gase said he didn’t read the reports but heard about them.

“I don’t read much because I think a lot of the stuff is crap,” he said. “No offense.”

It’s not out of the ordinary for a coach and general manager to see things differently about players, but Gase said it’s healthy to have those kinds of discussions and debates.

“If it wasn’t, what are we doing this for?” he said. “If everybody just agreed on everything, it’d be boring. You need to have a little excitement once in a while.”

The Jets were extremely active in free agency, signing Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley and Jamison Crowder and acquiring Kelechi Osemele. During that time, a report said Gase and Maccagnan were at odds.

The report said Gase was upset that Maccagnan didn’t pursue center Matt Paradis more aggressively. Paradis ended up signing with Carolina for three years and $27 million.

Center is a concern, but Gase said he feels comfortable with incumbent starter Jonotthan Harrison.

Gase said tensions are high during free agency and tried to dismiss the idea that he was frustrated about some decisions.

“Not really,” he said. “The plan, we know what it was going into it. We got it executed and we moved on to the draft. It’s just about ‘can we get the guys that we’re talking about getting?’ You just never know because there’s 31 teams competing against you. You don’t really know who’s telling the truth. What agents are BS-ing you. Which ones are shooting straight. Free agency is a nightmare procedure.”

With Gase mentoring second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and overseeing the offense and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in charge of what should be an improved and aggressive defense, expectations are high for the Jets this season. The team has high hopes for nose tackle Quinnen Williams, who was taken with the No. 3 overall pick.

The addition of Bell will be huge for Darnold and the Jets. Bell’s absence from voluntary workouts has created a bit of a stir, but Gase said it doesn’t bother him. He doesn’t know if Bell will be here for organized team activities later this month but expects Bell to attend and participate in the mandatory minicamp the first week of June.

“It’s voluntary,” Gase said. “Everybody can get upset about it. It’s no point. We know where he is — he’s working out. He’s always been ready. Every year that he’s played, he’s been ready to go. That’s just what it is.

“We’ll see how the OTAs goes. As of right now, I know the mandatory stuff, that he said he’s going to be here for that. I don’t expect him to not show up for that. When we get a chance, when we get him in town and we can cover some things, I know he’ll come in, he’ll get what he needs to get and he’ll go and get ready for the season.”

Jets sign three picks. The Jets signed three of their six draft picks Friday and waived three other players.

Former West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco (fourth round), former Minnesota linebacker Blake Cashman (fifth round) and former Rutgers cornerback and Queens product Blessuan Austin (sixth round) signed their rookie contracts.

The Jets waived cornerback Rashard Robinson, wide receiver Stacy Coley and defensive lineman Charles Tapper.

Robinson was a disappointment after the Jets acquired the former fourth-round pick from the 49ers in 2017 for a fifth-round pick the next year. He appeared in 16 games for the Jets and had 10 tackles. He was suspended for the first four games of last season for violating the NFL’s anti-drug policy.

Coley and Tapper were signed to reserve/futures contracts in January and never appeared in games for the Jets.

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