Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets
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Benigno has no reason other than ‘no expectations’

Count Joe Benigno as one pessimistic New York Jets fan.

Benigno joined WFAN’s “Tiki and Tierney Show” for his weekly segment. Brandon Tierney, a fellow Jets fan, asked him right off the bat what he thought about the swirling quarterback rumors, most notably involving Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr. Tierney specifically wanted to know how Benigno is handling all the drama.

“Well, I don’t expect it to happen,” Benigno replied. “It’s very easy to deal with. When you’re a Jet fan for almost 60 years, I always say this: expect the worst [and] you’re never disappointed.”

As Tierney said, “Ah, c’mon,” Benigno continued, “Not for a second do I think we’re getting Aaron Rodgers. Now, every one of my buddies [says], ‘Ah, bro, he’s coming, he’s coming.’ Wake me up when he’s here.”

Benigno believes that the Jets will wind up with Derek Carr. For some fans, that would be welcome news or even a relief, depending on the particular school of thought you follow. We’ve had all types on this site, ranging from Rodgers or bust to Carr as a more cost-effective option.

To Benigno, Carr would be fine, sort of a consolation prize. He can live with it and expect it. If he gets Rodgers, he’s pleasantly surprised.

The true pessimistic Jets fan approach would be to expect Jimmy Garoppolo to be the 2023 starter, or, worse, someone like Ryan Tannehill, Gardner Minshew, or Jacoby Brissett.

You can watch the full Benigno segment here. Let us know your thoughts about Joe B’s latest Jets take!

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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Jim G
Jim G
7 months ago

Joe Benigno is a refreshing dose of malaise, as if we need it. Aaron Rodgers would be running for his life behind the Jets offensive line and, if the Jets sign Rodgers, they will have no money or cap space to fix it. I just don’t see Aaron Rodgers subjecting himself to such mistreatment at the hands of the Jets offensive line.

7 months ago

I’m fatigued of Rodgers already…..now all of football must wait as he takes his four day “Darkness Retreat” after the Super Bowl, hermetically sealed in some dark room with food slid in thru a slot – like a jail cell. Add to my fatigue, all this info being distributed thru the “Pat McAfee Show”; would we have to sit thru that ridiculous circus while he’s a Jet? Just get Carr and let’s go.