Adam Gase Says He Hugged Jamal Adams After Jets' Blowout Loss vs. Seahawks

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2020

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase said he "hugged" Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, formerly a Jet, after Seattle's 40-3 win on Sunday.

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The Jets traded Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick to Seattle in July for Bradley McDougald, a 2021 first- and third-rounder and a 2022 first-round pick.

Adams told reporters this week that he didn't harbor hard feelings toward Gase but had some critiques, too:

"We had a solid relationship. I don't hate Adam Gase, I have no problem with Adam Gase, I just didn't feel he handled certain situations well as a head coach. And that's just my opinion, everybody is entitled to their opinion, right? ... I have no hate toward Adam. Obviously, things are not going in a positive way over there in New York with the record but, at the end of the day, man, I'm going out there to win a ball game.

"If Adam comes up to me and shakes my hand, I'ma shake his hand, there's no love lost. Listen, I'm at peace, man, and I'm a different guy, I'm really a different guy. I'm still gonna talk my noise but I'm at peace with it, man."

Adams had been far more critical of Gase over the summer, which Gase said surprised him during a press conference ahead of this week's matchup, believing he had a solid relationship with Adams:

"I thought it was good, but obviously he felt different. I don't know, I never had any poor interactions with him. I thought everything was – he was somebody I talked to a lot and communicated with. Just kind of once the offseason hit, that's kind of where – there's nothing I can do, I'm not in charge of contracts. I'm not involved in those talks. That's kind of where his agent and front office guys got to go to work."

Since the breakup, life has been better for Adams. The Seahawks are 9-4 and battling for the NFC West title, with a playoff berth looking inevitable barring a major meltdown. The Jets, meanwhile, are 0-13 and Gase is likely going to be fired in the offseason barring a major—and arguably unearned—show of loyalty from Jets ownership.