NFL coach on Jets QB – ‘I was impressed’

An opposing coach noticed something about the Jets QB that really caught his eye.

Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell, whose team travels to MetLife Stadium to play the Jets this Sunday, came away very impressed with Mike White after watching the Jets-Bills film.

“I got a lot of respect for him,” Campbell said. “I’m watching Buffalo last week. Those two hits. I say two, but there were more than two, but two that got him out of the game for a minute, before he came back. Those were significant hits, and he stood in there and took it right in the ribs. I tell you what, the first thing you looking for is how he comes back in the game and he didn’t bat an eye.

“That first throw back in there, you could tell, unaffected and the same thing after the second time and he’s just unfazed. You know it didn’t feel good. So I got a lot of respect watching him. I was impressed. With this guy it doesn’t matter, he just needed a breather to make sure it was intact. Once he came back in, you could see why those guys rally around him – he’s tough, he’s tough.”

White got knocked out the first time in the second quarter, and then in the third quarter, with rib injuries, and when Campbell says he came back in “and didn’t bad an eye” he means his style of play didn’t change. Wilson kept his eye level down the field. Sometimes, quarterbacks develop a bad habit of looking at pass rush after the snap, not down field. Zach Wilson had an issue with that before he was replaced by White on November 23.

“I think [Wilson’s] eyes drop down too early in the down,” said veteran reporter Sal Paolantonio, a film junky, after White replaced Wilson. “He’s looking for the rush, at the rush, instead of downfield, a major no-no.”

Perhaps Wilson’s eye level has been fixed in the last three weeks because he will be active on Sunday.

But this eye-level thing might sound a little “inside football” for the average fan, but it’s darn important for success at the position.

And no matter how many times White got crushed by Buffalo, he kept his eye level down field, and kept the Jets in the game, with a number of key throws, in poor weather conditions.

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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