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Jets’ Adam Gase responds to latest Le’Veon Bell Twitter controversy about running back’s usage

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Updated 3:37 PM; Today 3:37 PM

The New York Jets defense provides pressure as Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) unloads a deep pass that was caught for a touchdown during the fourth quarter on Sunday, October 11 2020 at MetLife Stadium. The Cardinals won, 30-10.


New York Jets head coach Adam Gase hangs his head as he walks off the field on Sunday, October 11 2020 at MetLife Stadium. The Jets lose to the Arizona Cardinals, 30-10, and fall to 0-5 on the season.

Le’Veon Bell’s return to the field on Sunday also brought back another feud with Jets head coach Adam Gase.

Bell, who returned to the lineup after missing three games with a hamstring injury, finished with 13 carries for 60 yards and one catch for seven yards on one target in the Jets' 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Bell’s lack of usage in the passing game irked the running back enough for him to like several tweets about the lack of throws going his way.

Gase said on Monday he did not yet have a chance to speak with Bell on those specific topics, but he was again left to answer more questions about the apparent disconnect between coach and player.

“I get it, in the aspect of players get frustrated when they feel they should be targeted more, get more touches,” Gase said. "There’s a lot of guys feeling that way. We’ve just got to go back to work and figure out ways to get guys the ball.

“I hate (social media is) the route we go with all of this instead of just talking to me about it. But it seems that’s the way guys want to do it nowadays.”

One of the tweets liked by Bell called on the Jets trading the running back, who signed a four-year contract in free agency in 2019. Gase said he hasn’t had any of those conversations about Bell with GM Joe Douglas.

Bell did not speak to the media following Sunday’s game or during conference calls on Monday. He has not spoken publicly since the days leading up to the Jets' Week 1 game, when he injured his hamstring.

Maximizing Bell’s impact on the offense has been as issue since he joined the Jets, and Gase and company haven’t found ways to effectively utilize him.

Gase said the plan wasn’t to shut him out of the passing game entirely on Sunday, but based on what the Cardinals' defense gave the Jets, that’s how it worked out.

“It is what it is. I know he’s frustrated we haven’t won,” Gase said. “It wasn’t necessarily the plan of not targeting him in the pass game. Just kind of ended up being that way with how they were playing us. So that’s what it is. Just got to kind of try to find ways to move the football. Thats all we’re trying to do, doesn’t always go exactly as planned.”


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