The Mike White period is over nearly as shortly because it started.
Joe Flacco will begin at quarterback for the New York Jets on Sunday at residence towards the Miami Dolphins, a stunning resolution by the 2-7 staff that might be with out injured starter Zach Wilson for the fourth straight recreation.
Wilson, the No. 2 total draft choose, sprained the posterior collateral ligament in his proper knee towards New England on Oct. 24 and remains to be not 100%. White began the previous three video games in Wilson’s place, however the Jets determined to go along with the 36-year-old Flacco this week towards the Dolphins’ aggressive protection.
“You can’t take this game for granted,” stated Flacco, who confirmed he is not vaccinated and wore a masks throughout his information convention Wednesday. “I’m 14 years in and I want to play now more than ever.”
He’ll get at least one begin, and it will be towards a staff the Jets assume he matches up properly towards.
“One of the reasons we went and got Joe was for the experience part of it,” coach Robert Saleh stated. “Not solely for the taking part in means and for the (quarterbacks) room, but additionally for conditions identical to this. Miami’s bought a dynamic protection system because it pertains to protection with (cowl) zero and all of the totally different coverages they run, and Joe’s form of been there, achieved that.
“Just kind of a steadying experience that we thought would put us in the best position to win.”
Flacco bought the information he’ll begin from senior offensive assistant Matt Cavanaugh, in addition to a textual content from Saleh. It got here as many exterior the power assumed it could be White below heart once more.
“I don’t know if I’m surprised about anything in this league anymore,” Flacco stated.
White, who’ll function Flacco’s backup Sunday, grew to become a sudden celeb with a terrific first NFL begin in a win over Cincinnati whereas throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns and set a league report for a participant in his preliminary begin with 37 completions. The efficiency landed White’s jersey and recreation ball within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
It additionally had some followers and media questioning if maybe White — and never Wilson — may very well be the Jets’ long-term reply at quarterback.
However White lasted lower than one quarter the next week at Indianapolis due to a bruised nerve in his throwing hand. And he struggled final Sunday in a 45-17 loss to Buffalo, throwing 4 interceptions towards the NFL’s top-ranked protection.
White had the wind knocked out of him late within the recreation and was changed on the Jets’ ultimate drive by Flacco, who went 3 for 3 for 47 yards and a landing cross — the 225th of his profession.
Nonetheless, it appeared White would proceed to begin so long as Wilson was sidelined, particularly after Saleh stated Monday he was fascinated by the New York/New Jersey media market and the way individuals have been fast to anoint him “the following coming after one recreation and now everybody desires to throw him away. He deserves higher than that.”
However not sufficient to get another begin. Saleh stated White expressed “a lot of disappointment” at the information.
“I need to be very, very clear on this one: My feedback on Monday have been as a result of individuals wished him out of New York,” Saleh said. “And what Mike has done in three weeks as a starter is proven to this entire organization, and in my opinion, to the entire New York fan base, that he is a capable quarterback who can play in this league and could do a lot of good things.”
Whereas it does not seem anybody was truly calling for the Jets to jettison White, there was some concern how he may have the ability to deal with Miami’s protection. The Dolphins (3-7) have been spectacular these days whereas successful two in a row, notably in shutting down Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in a 22-10 victory final Thursday evening.
“Miami obviously presents a completely different challenge (for White),” Saleh stated. “And you know, this is kind of what we brought in a guy like Joe for, situations just like this and his experience to be able to play systems of Miami’s caliber.”
The Jets acquired Flacco from Philadelphia on Oct. 25, sending a conditional sixth-round choose to the Eagles for the veteran. He spent final season in New York as a backup to Sam Darnold, and began 4 video games. Flacco signed with Philadelphia as a free agent within the offseason, however did not play for the Eagles as Jalen Hurts’ backup.
“When you’re a backup and then you get traded, there’s all kinds of things that are running through your head,” Flacco stated. “You want to go out there and you want to play. Not only that, you need to prove to yourself that you can play. All those things — a lot of emotions come up.”
NOTES: Flacco stated he has “my reasons” for not being vaccinated, however declined to talk about them. The quarterback stated speaking about his views on the vaccine can be “a distraction” and he desires to focus on soccer. … DE Kyle Phillips was activated from the bodily unable to carry out listing. … WR Denzel Mims stays in COVID-19 protocols after lacking the sport towards Buffalo after testing constructive for the coronavirus. … Wilson, LG Alijah Vera-Tucker (toe) and DT Nathan Shepherd (knee) have been all restricted, however Saleh stated Vera-Tucker and Shepherd ought to be fantastic to play Sunday.