The state of New Jersey would like to be known for its beautiful beaches that bring the Atlantic Ocean to life for millions each year. However, that wasn't the "Jersey Shore" that the New York Jets brand-new starting quarterback was referring to when he spoke to the media on Tuesday.
The first week of the "Aaron Rodgers New York Jets" has gone better than anyone, even owner Woody Johnson, could have ever imagined. But, is this just the honeymoon period or is Rodgers seizing the opportunity to expand his brand in the advertising capital of the world with a team with a more talented roster than he had in Green Bay? Let's remember that no games have been played yet.
Aaron Rodgers has some history to put in the past for Gang Green fans. It was January 12, 1969 when New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath disappeared into the locker-room waving his one index finger after defeating the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, 16-7.
From Green Bay to New York, from darkness retreats, now to politics, future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers always seems to have something to say. This time, the soon-to-be Jets QB hopes to influence the 2024 Presidential elections.
2013 Fifth round NFL draft pick out of Vanderbilt, Zac Stacy played running back for 3 seasons in the NFL. Stacy suited up for the (then) St. Louis Rams in 2013 and 2014. Then the Centreville, Alabama native hooked on with the New York Jets for 8 games in 2015. Now he will put on a new uniform, one representing a Florida prison.
General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh are weeks away from making a decision that will save or lose their jobs. It will be a decision that could be heavily influenced by owner Woody Johnson but if the choice is the wrong one, the consequences will be squarely on their shoulders.
NFL experts felt that the New York Jets were an average quarterback from making the playoffs this season. I agree. General manger Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh have drastically improved an awful roster, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Rookie stars, wide receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall, are attractive weapons on the offensive side. Is that enough to lure a future Hall of Fame quarterback to Gang Green? Maybe one looking to cash in one more time?
Woody Johnson, along with his brother Christoper, purchased the New York Jets from fellow billionaire Leon Hess in 2000. For the first decade as NFL owners, the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson fortune enjoyed watching their investment go to the playoffs in six times. However, the Band Aid brothers wanted more. Their stadium partners, the New York Giants had won two Super Bowls in that same decade. The Johnsons, rightfully so, wanted a Lombardi Trophy of their own and trust me, so did their fans.
Davis Webb started his collegiate career at Texas Tech University for three years, playing 10 games in his freshman season and sparingly the next two. Webb transferred to Cal to be the starter for his senior year. In 2017, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the 3rd round. Then general manager Jerry Reese thought the 6-5 Texan could possibly develop into the heir to Eli Manning's quarterback throne. As we know, that didn't work out. On Sunday, Davis Webb had the job of filling in for Daniel Jones, as the Giants rested 19 of their starting 22 players, in anticipation of next week's playoff game against Minnesota.
The New York Jets maintain the longest absence from post season in the NFL. However, at the start of the season, no one realistically thought that the Gang Green would go from a 4-win team in 2021 to a playoff franchise in '22. Expectations were: anything under 7-wins this year would be a failure for general manager, Joe Douglas and head coach, Robert Saleh. Wins weren't the area of failure this year. The quarterback position in its entirety takes that award. Someone in the Jets organization is to blame.
Those NFL fans that believe you have to have a top draft pick to rebuild your team have not watched the New York Giants this year. So, why do some teams "appear" to tank a season to get the top pick, like the Jacksonville Jaguars "appeared" to do in 2020? The Jags ended up with the much-hyped quarterback out of Clemson, Trevor Lawrence, notably a franchise changing player. The Jags have a chance to make the playoffs this year. However, the tanking philosophy may have cost the Jacksonville fans at least 5 years of playoff football.