The New York Jets continue to catch shade from seemingly everyone, though Le’Veon Bell took back his—kind of.
Why do people keep dissing the New York Jets? What the hell is going on here?
First, it was Kurt Warner. Then free-agent-to-be Le’Veon Bell decided to get involved. Now it’s one of the team’s own, former head coach and general manager Bill Parcells.
There’s a scene in ESPN’s latest 30-for-30 film, titled “The Two Bills,” in which Parcells and Bill Belichick, after sitting for a lengthy interview inside the New York Giants’ locker room at MetLife Stadium, refuse the director’s request to visit the Jets’ locker room. Belichick’s angst is understandable, considering his acrimonious history with the Jets. But Parcells? That surprised some people, so ESPN’s Rich Cimini called him Friday morning for an explanation.
“Here’s what happened,” Parcells said. “We’d been there for quite a while and we knew we were pretty much done with the interview. They were just wanting to get more footage. Bill had a car waiting for him and I was ready to go. I remember, he was anxious to go and so was I, really.
“It was like, ‘Where are they taking us now?’ That’s when we realized they wanted to take us down there and we just didn’t want to go. It wasn’t anything against anything. It was just time.”
So shade avoided, at least from Parcells anyway.
For Whom The Bell Tolls
A lot of Jets fans had their feathers ruffled when Bell seemingly trashed the Jets and the idea of playing for them earlier this week.
Well, apparently he had a change of heart and said this on “The Michael Kay Show”: “I’m not dissing the Jets, the number just wasn’t enough for me. I grew up a Jets fan.”
"I'm not dissin' the #Jets, the number just wasn't enough for me. I grew up a #Jets fan."
–@L_Bell26 to @RealMichaelKay, @DonLagreca & @Rosenbergradio pic.twitter.com/uJ3cMxDKAg
— The Michael Kay Show (@TMKSESPN) February 2, 2018
So maybe Bell to the Jets might happen after all.
The real reason this is possible is that the Jets will be moving on from Matt Forte this offseason. If they release him, the team can save $3 million off the books. For an aging running back, that’s a death wish. Speaking of Forte, he spoke with NFL Gameday about the future of the team.
.@MattForte22 joins our Super Bowl Live set! See what @ColeWrightNFL & @89JonesNTAF have to ask him about the @nyjets! ? pic.twitter.com/LQJGLvFW91
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) February 1, 2018
Other Jets News, Stories:
- Jamal Adams predicts big things for the Jets in 2018 (Kristian Dyer of Metro US).
- Bill Parcells explains gypping the Jets (Rich Cimini of ESPN New York).
- The frosty relationship between Parcells and Belichick (Associated Press via CBS Boston).