In the aftermath of the recent revelation by Aaron Rodgers that he wouldn’t be making a return this season, the confirmation came from Jets head coach Robert Saleh on Wednesday. Saleh affirmed, ‘No, he will not be stepping onto the field again this year.’ Earlier, there was anticipation that Rodgers could make a comeback from his Achilles injury, which he endured just after the commencement of the season. Optimists were hoping to witness his return in the scheduled Sunday face-off against Washington, anticipated to prove crucial for the team’s playoff chances.
Regrettably, the Jets’ playoff dreams were shattered with a devastating loss to Miami. During his routine segment on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’, the quarterback admitted that he had not laid out a definitive return schedule for this season. This revelation from Rogers aligned with Saleh’s announcement of Rogers outage for the rest of the season. The Jets, as confirmed by Saleh, will not be benefiting from Rogers’ on-field performance for the rest of the season.
Saleh further contributed to the discussion on Tuesday by mentioning that Rodgers was not in his peak health condition. This significant detrimental factor weighed into the decision to preclude him from playing for the rest of the year. Saleh added, ‘Given that he was in perfect health, he might be more insistent about returning.’ The decision to keep Rodgers off the field was definitively influenced by considerations for his health conditions.
Yet, amidst the prior affirmations about Rodgers’ absence this season, Saleh and Rodgers shifted their focus towards their shared future. A mutual understanding and shared respect exist between the pair, as Saleh acknowledged his gratitude for Rodgers’ support. The Jets’ head coach maintains strong optimism about what lies ahead, stating confidently, ‘Our eyes are set on the championship title,’ convinced of their championship potential.
On the topic of Rodgers’ future tenure with the Jets, Saleh expressed, ‘Even though he’s mentioned a two-year commitment, in an ideal scenario, we bag a championship next season and he ends his career on high. But, in my estimation, his retirement isn’t imminent in one or two years. Subject to his ability, it’s more likely to span three, four, or five years.’ His statement reflects a steadfast belief in the quarterback’s potential.
Saleh maintains optimism about the prospects of a revived team templated around Rodgers. ‘With a fully recovered Rodgers in tow and boosted by a robust offensive line, we are confident in rebuilding,’ Saleh said, highlighting the team’s focus in the forthcoming seasons. He firmly envisions Rodgers spearheading a resurgent New York Jets, supported by a rejuvenated offensive line.
Saleh revisited the fond memories of Rodgers’ introduction as a Jet back in August 2023 which sparked considerable excitement. The anticipation of the crowd on September 11, witnessing the team emerge from the MetLife Stadium was palpable. Unfortunately, the season didn’t capitalize on this initial enthusiasm.
Despite the dismal season, Saleh eagerly anticipates replicating the excitement of the past, stating, ‘We will ignite the same excitement again’. The Jets’ head coach firmly believes the team will overpower the disappointments of this season. Embedded in his words is a loud and clear message: the Jets’ will bounce back stronger.
Saleh expressed, ‘The anticipation is that we emerge victorious. And I believe I am echoing the sentiment of our entire organization.’ Saleh’s unwavering confidence in the future and his persistent optimism is emblematic of his leadership and the fighting spirit preserved within the New York Jets.