The Jets’ offensive coaches seem dazed at the addition of veteran ball carrier Frank Gore.
The team signed a one-year contract for $ 1.05 million in May with the 37-year-old. Head coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, both of whom coached Gore in 2018 with the Dolphins, sprang on Gore on Friday.
“Oh my god, I could keep going on this one for a long time,” said Loggains when asked about Gore. “When you really get to be with him for a year, watch him work and watch the intensity with which he prepares every day. This guy has the ultimate chip on his shoulder. He always feels like the guy who is trying to survive and make it a year longer. “
Gore has played for 15 seasons and is # 3 on the all-time list. The Jets hope he can team up with Le’Veon Bell to give them a better racing game than last season, when they had the 31st attack on the ground in the league.
“The leadership it brings is one of those things you need to see it because it is unique,” said Gase. “The impact it has on the guys is phenomenal. When the guys see him training and playing in games, especially in training, I think the guys are shocked by the way he trains, how well he goes, the volume he always has wanted to take when he was there. He’s a unique guy to have in the locker room. You don’t have many opportunities to get a guy who will become a future Hall of Famer. His ability not only to help us on the field but also to help us in the building is something that you are passionate about as a coach. “
Gase reiterated what linebacker CJ Mosley said recently about the Jets discussing as a team in a training camp how they would handle any social justice protest such as kneeling during the national anthem this season.
“This is something that we will discuss as a team when we really have the chance to get back together,” said Gase. “Where I was for three years before [the Dolphins] we have had several guys kneel and my philosophy has always been that i am here to support the players. The organization will support the players. “
Gase did not say if he would kneel alongside the players.
Gase praised the Jets’ management of their virtual offseason program this spring.
“I was really impressed with the way our players handled it. They did a great job, ”he said. “The participation was exceptional. … It just shows great dedication from this group of guys. “