The Jets don’t accumulate a quarterback controversy, they’ve quarterback intrigue.
And that’s a simply thing.
In the instantaneous aftermath of Sunday’s storybook efficiency by unheralded backup Mike White in the Jets’ stirring 34-31 comeback victory over the heavily most standard Bengals at MetLife Stadium, Robert Saleh opted no longer to transfer the approved route when asked about his quarterback plans for the prolonged roam.
“We’ll shuffle day-to-day, nonetheless something else is that which that you would be capable to well presumably presumably factor in, simply?’’ the Jets first-year coach stated in the breathless 2nd of euphoria following the tackle Sunday.
While most coaches drone into a default solution about how there will not be such a thing as a quarterback controversy and the job is the incumbent starter’s as rapidly as he’s wholesome, Saleh didn’t shuffle there when asked about his 22-year-approved first-round-draft-make a choice starter Zach Wilson, who’s out with a PCL damage to his simply knee.
To his credit ranking, Saleh didn’t plunge support on the approved coachspeak that often morphs into either a lie or, to borrow from Roger Clemens, a misremembering.
My instantaneous takeaway from those Saleh Sunday feedback became that he didn’t prefer to preserve out something else to take the shine off of what the 26-year-approved White did on his magical day, turning into fully the 2nd quarterback to throw for added than 400 yards in his first NFL open.
Then, awaiting Saleh to stroll those feedback support a chunk on Monday, the important thing-year coach doubled down, and I most standard it, fully endorsing the manner.
“Hear, the fact — hypothetical — I is also the following Vince Lombardi,’’ Saleh stated Monday. “The actual fact is Mike performed a terribly simply game, we accumulate a terribly immediate turnaround and we must secure ourselves going. If every little thing goes in accordance with concept and Zach comes support and he’s wholesome, we’ll tackle it after we horrible that bridge.’’
That bridge didn’t prefer to be crossed on Sunday, minutes after doubtlessly the main tackle of Saleh’s head-coaching occupation. It didn’t prefer to be crossed Monday. It doesn’t prefer to be crossed till Wilson is wholesome ample to play but again.
Wilson, 22, drafted 2nd overall and having the beginning job in hand prior to he embraced Roger Goodell and posed along with his inexperienced No. 2 Jets jersey for the TV grip-and-grin image, doesn’t need his head coach to horrible that bridge on the 2nd, either.
Wilson, along with his rifle arm, wrathful athletic abilities and the feeble-beyond-his-years head on his shoulders, is the prolonged roam of the Jets. That doesn’t prefer to be addressed simply now.
Whenever you’re a Jets fan who can’t wait to gape Wilson support in the support of heart, interrogate your self this question: If White plays successfully Thursday night time and wins and does the identical thing on Nov. 14 against the Bills, are you going to be in a bustle to build up Saleh sit down White and open Wilson on Nov. 21 against the Dolphins?
I judge no longer.
What if White does the identical thing against the Dolphins (on the 2nd 1-7) on Nov. 21 and then the Texans (1-7) on Nov. 28 and has the Jets on a — gulp — four-game winning high-tail?
Why does Saleh prefer to open meting out votes of self perception and a agenda for when Wilson returns to the beginning lineup simply now?
He’d be silly to preserve out so.
After I asked Saleh on Monday if he became concerned that he became opening up a Pandora’s field by being noncommittal about Wilson, he stated, “That’s for you guys [reporters] to discuss, to be steady with you. I know precisely how we’ll characteristic. I know precisely what we’re hunting for. If it’s something that you guys prefer to play with and accumulate stress-free with … accumulate stress-free.’’
Saleh is conscious of damned successfully what his concept is for the Jets beginning quarterback of the prolonged roam is. It’s Wilson, after all.
However as prolonged as White keeps doing even shut to what he did Sunday, which is gape admire he belongs, what’s the use in speeding him out the door?
“If [White] is in the market performing at a ridiculously high stage, how lift out you no longer entertain something else?’’ Saleh stated Monday on ESPN Radio. “That’s why I stated something else’s that which that you would be capable to well presumably presumably factor in. You’ve got to let the day play out. What took dwelling Sunday became awesome, nonetheless the important thing focal point is this day and attempting to secure ready for a rapidly turnaround Thursday. Let’s play that game moderately than play all these assorted hypotheticals.’’
The 2-5 Jets are no longer hypothetically taking half in a avenue game Thursday night time against a Colts team that’s unique off a 34-31 dwelling time beyond legislation loss to the Titans. That game is genuine, no longer hypothetical.
“It’s no longer to open Pandora’s field,’’ Saleh stated of his open stance on the quarterback disaster. “I’m no longer going to salvage a promise I will’t support.’’
Essentially the most ardent Jets fan may maybe well well presumably still know higher than someone that there are no guarantees. Entirely hope. And Wilson stays that hope … unless any individual admire Mike White supersedes that.
And if he does, who’s complaining?