This offseason for the New York Jets was a classic case of going out with the old and the new.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but it’s the start of a new era on 1 Jets Drive.
One of those players shown the door is longtime NFL star Frank Gore. The legendary running back spent a season with the Jets and was fortunate to reunite with former coach Adam Gase.
At 38, he was one of the few athletes to have the choice to make this offseason. When the NFL is over with most of the players, they know it because their phones don’t ring. This didn’t happen to Gore, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, several “teams called this offseason and he politely declined.”
Just because he doesn’t think he has it anymore, quite the contrary in fact, doesn’t mean he’s ready to take on a new challenge at this stage in his life that includes a dramatic career change.
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From grill to ring
“I trained for both – football and boxing,” Gore told NFL.com. “I’ve always loved boxing so that’s what I do. And we are trying to provoke a fight. If we do this you will see me in the ring.
Boxing was once the cat’s pajamas, but the sport has gone downhill in the past 20 years. Although recently the popularity has increased due to celebrity fights.
For example, YouTube sensation Jacques Paul has been involved in several top boxing matches:
- Nate Robinson (former NBA star)
- Ben Askren (MMA veteran)
- Tyron Woodley (current MMA star)
On the surface they look silly, but it’s almost like driving through a car accident, you don’t want to watch what happened but we all know you do it anyway.
Over the past five weeks, Gore has trained exclusively in the boxing ring, but he hasn’t completely ruled out eventually returning to the NFL.
At the moment there is a “high level fight in preparation for Gore”, compared. The veteran tailback says they’re trying to “make a fight happen” and we’ll see how it plays out.
Can we please have a changing of the guard?
Gore will one day end up in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, but it won’t be because of his stint with the Jets in 2020.
The veteran scored the rock an incredible 187 times for 653 yards and two touchdowns. Although the worst was that his average yards per clip were, check the notes, 3.5 per rush.
For a team that finished 2-14, consistently relying on a veteran running back who is much closer to the end of his career than the start, was odd to say the least.
Fast forward to the current Jets and we have a similar issue with a new coaching staff and a different running back in the backfield.
here is the reverse gear distribution in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers in terms of ranges, goals:
Once again, a veteran leads the group, despite younger and more intriguing options in the position.
Coleman is a good guy to have on the roster who has an immense level of familiarity with the scheme, but he’s not the right guy to carry the rock as the main squeeze in this semifinalist rotation. The offseason started off with an outing with the old one and with the new mindset, it’s time to hit the refresh button on it again.
Johnson and Carter are expected to be the 1-2 punch for this offense. They are younger, more explosive, and clearly have much higher potential than the seasoned veteran who is past his prime.
Hopefully the Greens and Whites can learn from their past mistakes and play young cocks as soon as possible.
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