Adam Gase: Frank Gore and Le'Veon Bell Can Do Some Damage Together

John Healy
May 11, 2020 - 10:15 am

Le’Veon Bell did not have the smoothest first season with the Jets under Adam Gase, but the head coach believes the addition of Frank Gore will only strengthen the Jets backfield.

Gase told the Jets’ team website that Gore, who turns 37 this week, will help the team as a whole and Bell in particular.

“I think he’s a good teammate, especially the last three or four years in that backup role and the supporting role of whoever that starter is,” Gase said. “He’s a great guy for Le’Veon to be around. Those two guys can really do some damage together. We have two guys that can play all three downs. They both have outstanding skillsets. There’s a little bit of difference in their running style and how they do things, but we know Frank really well and we know how to use them.”

Gore said last week that he signed with the Jets because he wanted to play for Gase again. In 2018, when Gase was head coach of the Dolphins, Gore rushed for 722 yards on 156 carries, an average of 4.6 yards per carry.

Prior to signing Gore, Gase had expressed a desire to lessen the workload for Bell – who had 789 rushing yards on 245 carries last season, which was actually his fewest amount of touches since 2015 when he was injured and only played in six games.

The Jets’ backup running back last season, Bilal Powell, had just 59 carries. If the plan is to give Gore the ball 100-plus times during the season, it would certainly mean featuring Bell less often.

How Bell, a two-time First-Team All-Pro running back, feels about the addition of Gore and a reduced amount of touches could be an interesting subplot to the 2020 season.