Jets O-Linemen might need to take extreme measures at times

Listening to Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, Pat made a great point about the Jets and what their mindset should be in protecting QB Aaron Rodgers.

Now, I was in the car, on a highway, so I wasn’t able to write down the exact quote, but the essence of what Kirwan said was, “If you are a Jets offensive lineman, and somebody gets by you, tackle the guy, and take the penalty, don’t let Rodgers get hit.”

While some might not think penalties are ever a good thing, in this case they might be.

You have a franchise QB who is 40 years old coming off a season-ending torn Achilles tendon.

If a defender gets by an offensive lineman and is going to light up Rodgers, tackle the guy, and take the 10-yard holding call.

In the long run, it’s worth it. Don’t let the future Hall-of-Famer take a lot of hits.

And plus, he’s such a proficient passer, there is always a good chance he will get the penalty yardage back on the plays that follow.

Don’t worry about your PFF grade, protect this guy at all costs.


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