Jets head coach Adam Gase has been questioned all year about his heavy use of running back Frank Gore.
Gore has struggled to get much traction on the ground. Against the Raiders a week ago Ty Johnson and Josh Adams replaced Gore after the veteran suffered a concussion early in the game. Both had prolific games. Johnson gained 104 yards on 22 carries while Adams ran 8 times for 74 yards.
In spite of this, the Jets made Gore the lead back again in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. He ran 8 times for over 23 times with a big fumble. Johnson and Adams eventually took over in the backfield but only after the game was out of reach.
Gase was asked about his use of running backs on Monday.
Adam Gase said he won't bench Frank Gore. he will continue to rotate his running backs.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 14, 2020
Sometimes lost in the discussion about Gore is the amount of respect he deserves for a Hall of Fame career. He is one of the greatest runners to ever take the field.
With that said, it is very difficult to understand the extent to which the Jets have built their offense around him. This is a 37 year old running back. The Jets are an 0-13 team that should be looking exclusively to the future. There doesn’t seem to be much of a rationale for Gore to be seeing big carries right now. According to Stathead, Gore in 2020 has the fourth most carries in a single season for a running back 36 years or older. There are still three games left to add to the total.
Gase also attempted to explain his rationale for so much Gore against Seattle.
Gase on why he went back to Gore after big game by Ty Johnson vs LV: Had a plan mapped out, but too many three-and-outs. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 14, 2020
Isn’t that a sign the plan failed? Aren’t the three and outs indicative of a bad plan? Didn’t involving Gore so much contribute to the failure?