Francesa: Jets' Gase Introduction Was 'Strangest, Most Dour Press Conference'

Mike Francesa
January 15, 2019 - 3:52 pm
New York Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson, new head coach Adam Gase, and general manager Mike Maccagnan pose for photos after a press conference on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Florham Park.

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Monday's Jets press conference introducing new coach Adam Gase was "about as charismatic and entertaining as a funeral," Mike Francesa said on Tuesday's show.

"You had (CEO Christopher) Johnson who (was) kind of boring," Francesa said. "You had (general manager Mike) Maccagnan, who you had to see if he had a pulse because no one even talked to him -- he never said a word. And then you had Gase, who kind of freaked everybody with what was going on with his eyes -- which I still don't know what it was, and I'm not trying to make fun of him.

"That was the strangest, most dour press conference ever given. It was almost like it was painful for them to do it. It was like it was painful for anybody to speak. It was almost like they were doing it like they had a bus to catch, like they were double-parked."

Francesa added: "Who ever saw a general manager go to a press conference and no one speak to him, and he never spoke?"

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Francesa also said it was pretty clear that quarterback Sam Darnold will be the face of the franchise, not the three men at Tuesday's press conference. 

"Not a lot of charisma there in any of them," Francesa said. "No one's going to be captivating there, that's for sure. You're not going to anybody for a good one-liner. It's not happening.

"Those three couldn't recruit you out of a burning building. There's not a lot there. Now, that doesn't mean they can't get the job done, though. They've got plenty of money to work with. They've got high draft picks, they've got a top quarterback, they've got some good, young players, so there's plenty there."

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