Le’Veon Bell has entered the free agency pool after a dispute with Jets coach Adam Gase led to his release from the New York team. The Jets head coach has been in the headlines more and more, and for the worst reasons.
New York continues a downward spiral under his leadership or rather lack thereof. In pushing out Bell, many ask if this was another Gase mishap, underutilizing the player. Gase from the beginning showed friction to Bell. With constant losses and this recent player release, rumors continue to hint that Gase is the next head coach to be fired.
Le’Veon Bell unhappy with the Jets
Former Chargers and Cowboys quarterback, Ryan Leaf, joined Sportsnaut’s Dave Briggs to discuss what’s next for the embattled running back. Breaking down what went wrong between Bell and the Jets, and his options as a free agent eventually signing on Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Leaf also details other reasons for the Jets/Bell breakup. Breaking down how Bell didn’t receive the money he expected in joining the Jets. He believes this should have lit a fire in Le’Veon to prove his worth. Instead, with an inability to be effective on the field and Adam Gase’s immediate opposition to the running back, these issues had sealed his fate.
Briggs explains how he thinks Bell checked out, regardless of where he goes next. Believing that once Le’Veon received his Jets payday, he allowed his abilities to dwindle. Time will tell if it was Gase who held down this running back or if he doesn’t have the drive he once did. Many teams are being discussed for Bell’s next move.
The future of the running back salary
Leaf also describes what he believes is a significant issue facing NFL teams; paying running backs too high of a salary. The former Chargers and Cowboys quarterback explains how most teams skimp out on paying more vital team roles to flood running backs’ pockets. Leaf breaks down exactly where teams’ should spend the most and how that will gain them more victories.