FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The old saying that is repeated by coaches around the world, and so often by coaches in high-profile positions, is that when a crucial player goes down, it’s time for the next man up. And sure, it has some value, but when the Jets host the Dolphins on Sunday with Joe Flacco as quarterback, they will push that cliché to its extreme limit.
It’s not the next man up, or the next, but the one after that as the Jets debut their fourth quarterback this season and their third start.
All of this means that people around Flacco – and in this case an offensive line that should already have their hands full – will have to adapt again. It’s not only the new quarterback who is so different in style and abilities than Zach Wilson, but also the fact that the team as a whole has had a hard time judging opposing team running games. There’s also the Dolphins ’bruises Cover 0 defense and its frequently aired flash packs.
But even though the Jets are 2-7 and recently had to deal with the disappointment of Mike White – the backup quarterback who thrilled fans before he showered and lost his job – Robert Saleh’s confidence is unshakable. As is also his belief that his team will adapt.
“Our group, they are resilient,” he said before training on Friday. “These players, knock on the tree, I’ve been lucky to be around some really cool teams, and this group, they’re made of the right things … I feel like their heads are in a good place, they speak the right language. and the energy in the building has been really good. “
Both offensive line coach John Benton and right tackle Morgan Moses seemed to say that it is not quite as impossible to adapt to a new quarterback in a week as it may look from the outside. It helps, Moses said, that Flacco is a veteran and a Super Bowl MVP. Granted, he’s 36, underwent neck surgery last year and his better days are behind him, but the 13 years of NFL experience also counts.
He’s “well polished, you know, [he has] the awards for the NFL awards, the Super Bowl MVP and the knowledge he brings to this offense, “Moses said. He is able to” see different people hide things on the defensive side of the ball and be able to see that process. and get the ball out quickly. It’s years with the NFL, seeing things and growing as a player – I think that’s the beauty of having a veteran in there who’s seen a lot of things, and when you get it under the center, you grow. with it.”
Moses joked that he averaged about four quarterbacks a year in his career anyway, so this was not too much of a departure.
“I think when you add someone to the starting lineup, a lot changes just because his drop could be different than the last quarterbacks drop,” Moses said. “Everyone can see things differently. The one thing you can look at is that Joe has played a lot of football … [But] it’s not something I have not seen before. Getting a veteran in there makes it a lot easier to switch. “
Benton repeated the feeling. “It takes a few days to get used to the cadence and how they go about their language and that kind of thing, but it has not been a real problem,” he said. “They were very used to Zach and saw Mike – who is also with him all the time in practice – and it seems to be going well with Joe. Joe is so calm. I think he facilitates the transition.”
Notes and quotes: WR Denzel Mims (COVID) received a negative test but will need another to be approved to play, Saleh said. Mims is doubtful for Sunday … Wilson is also listed as doubtful for Sunday, but Saleh indicated he could be ready for week 12 in Houston.
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