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Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who isn’t the biggest fan of Gase these days, revealed last year the former Dolphins coach used to tell players in his doghouse that they would be shipped to Cleveland if they didn’t get their act together. Gase referenced Bill Belichick’s move to deal disgruntled linebacker Jaime Collins to the Factory of Sadness, according to Landry.
The Jets head coach admitted this week he did indeed once tell a player that he’d be Cleveland-bound if they didn’t fall in line, but he wasn’t actually serious.
“That was in a team meeting and it was a joke at the time to one of the other players because we had a 4 p.m. (trade) deadline,” Gase said in the run-up to the Jets Monday night game against the Browns. “We had a team meeting earlier in the day and one of the guys was like, ‘Well looks like everybody is clean. Nobody is getting traded.’ And (Dolphins GM) Chris Grier and myself were giving him a hard time. I slid it in the PowerPoint. It was supposed to be a joke and I think he took it a little seriously.”
Gase and Landry, who got into a yelling match on the sideline in Week 16 of 2017 in Kansas City, clashed before the player was traded to the Browns for a 4th and seventh round pick before the start of last season. Landry later said, “I just felt like, for some reason, Adam sent me here to die.”
Gase’s decision to trade a Pro Bowl wideout who led the NFL in receptions that season (112) further fueled the notion that he had trouble getting along with players. Gase admitted this week that Landry, who had 206 catches for 2,123 yards and 13 touchdowns in two seasons, “was our best player.”
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