On Sunday, Joe Flacco and the jets’ offense had a lot of struggles in the team’s 24-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the season opener at MetLife Stadium. New York scored only nine points; Flacco was sacked three times and under pressure throughout the game. In addition, the Jets were terrible on third-down conversions(2/14).
The 15-year veteran finished the game 37/59 for 359 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The touchdown came when the game was out of reach.
During Sunday’s loss, the MetLife Stadium crowd called for QB Mike White to replace the 37-year-old Flacco. It did not happen, but it could be something that Jets coach Robert Saleh may do if the offense continues to struggle while Zach Wilson(knee) recovers from injury.
“Right now, everything’s always under discussion and under review, talking with Rob (Calabrese), talking with Mike (LaFleur),” Saleh said. “Obviously, we’re not done with our postgame evaluation and all that stuff, and much appreciated with the passion with quarterbacks and all that stuff, but Joe’s (Flacco) been very, very steady throughout OTAs, training camp.
“Last year, threw four over 300 on Miami in a really good game. We’ve got all the utmost faith in Joe. Does that mean something can’t happen tonight? I’m not going to promise you anything, but at the same time, as of now, Joe is our starting quarterback.”
When asked if a final decision was made about who would start on Sunday, Saleh said the following:
“Yeah, it’s more likely going to be Joe, guys, but to be honest, the doors open on every position every week.”
The Jets are in rebuild mode right now, and few people think they are very good. According to Saleh, he’s watching everyone who’s mocking the Jets and is taking receipts.
“We’re all taking receipts on all the people who continually mock and say that we aren’t going to do anything,” he said. “I’m taking receipts, and I’m going to be more than happy to share them with all of you when it’s all said and done.”
Regarding Flacco, the Jets might want to go with Mike White, who was decent in the preseason and threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last season in his first career start. He’s younger(27) and probably won’t be much worse than Flacco was on Sunday.
We’ll see what Saleh does as the team travels to Cleveland to face the Browns.