Whispers – Jets don’t need this right now

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For the second time this year . . .

a Jets offensive player complained about his role after a win.

First, if it was WR Elijah Moore after the Jets win in Green Bay. He got triggered by a reporter on Twitter who pointed out he had no catches in that game.

Now, it’s RB James Robinson complaining about being inactive against Chicago.

The same reporter whose tweet triggered Moore, asked Robinson about being inactive.

“Obviously, I didn’t come here not to play,” Robinson told ESPN on Wednesday. “Obviously, they brought me here for a reason. I don’t expect anything unless I work for it, and I’ve been working my ass off. Me not playing pisses me off.”

This isn’t a good look, because aside from the team winning spearheaded by an impressive offensive showing, one of the Jets’ top performers was Bam Knight, the player active instead of Robinson.

So you are complaining about being inactive after the guy who replaced you had a good game and the team won?

There is no doubt the Jets have improved their football culture, but guys complaining about their roles, especially after wins, isn’t ideal from a cultural standpoint.

Do you hear CB Bryce Hall complaining about being inactive for most games this year after starting last season?
Please spare us with the “they are competitors” stuff. You can be a competitor, and take the high road with the media. If you have an issue, go to the coach and have a meeting about your role in his office.
Did Mike White complain when he was buried behind Zach Wilson, who was struggling? No . . .
Aside from wanting a more North-South runner, another reason why the Jets activated Knight over James Robinson last week was clearly special teams. Remember, the week before the Jets had some issues on punt coverage late in the game.
“When Michael Carter went down, and [Knight] kind of turned into our lead back, I look out there and he still was running down on kickoff,” said Jets OC Mike LaFleur. “He does a lot for Brant (Boyer), obviously, but we just felt like it was a great opportunity to give him his opportunity.”
Just to be clear, the answer above wasn’t about Robinson, just Knight. LaFleur was asked about Knight being active. He wasn’t asked about Robinson at all . . .
In regards to Mike White, there are people in the media, obsessed with his loss to Buffalo last year. Like the guy isn’t allowed to have a bad game. And keep in mind, the Bills had the #1 defense at the time.
They keep asking him and the coaches about it that Buffalo game, ad infinitum.
It’s like they are setting up White and the Jets, that if he struggles in one game this year, it’s time to make another change.
If you think White is going to knock it out of the park every week, you are kidding yourself.
How many bad games did Zach Wilson have before he was benched?
White could have a bad game in one of these upcoming games, and still be a very good NFL QB moving forward. Bad games happen to the best of them.

So chill out with this Buffalo game obsession stuff. It’s obnoxious. That was an elite defense, and White was making just his third start.

This angle is just as odious as the – “White had a bad start to training camp this year.”

First of all, even if he was Johnny Unitas early in camp, he wasn’t starting. Secondly, the beginning of camp is for working on things and getting the kinks out.

White is clearly a QB with a lot of ability. He has good pocket presence, goes through his progression smoothly, throws with anticipation and commands a huddle.

How many Jets QBs in recent memory had games like he did last year (Cincinnati) and this year (Chicago)?

So stop with the nitpicking.

Look, I’m not putting him in Canton, and we will see what he does down the stretch, but spare me with these weak narratives, like the Buffalo game told us a lot about the player, and his supposed slow start to training camp hurt him in the Jets eyes.

December 1, 2022

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeldhttps://www.jetsconfidential.com
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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