The New York Jets are experiencing Aaron Rodgers’ wizardry under center
Rodgers is best known for his incredible arm talent – which, until Patrick Mahomes arrived, was largely considered the greatest of all time – but the man who has only 105 interceptions in 223 career starts is equally as special between the ears.
A recent clip shared by the Jets showcased an example of how Rodgers is using his brain to lift the Jets’ offense.
Rodgers sees a defensive back creep toward the edge, threatening to blitz. But Rodgers knows with absolute certainty the defender is not going to blitz. Rodgers points at the defender and confidently asserts, “You’re not coming. Back up.” Just before the ball is snapped, the defender backs up.
Love this from Aaron Rodgers.
– Defender moves up.
– Rodgers: “You’re not coming. Back up.”
– Defender backs up. 😂
(via One Jets Drive / YouTube)pic.twitter.com/lmr3jo7sby
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 25, 2023
This is a hilarious clip that fans are gobbling up on social media for the humorous aspect of it, but it’s also a little example of the subtle ways Rodgers raises the Jets offense to new heights.
Over the past half-decade, the Jets offense has looked like a discombobulated mess. While many parties deserved blame for that, it could ultimately be traced back to the fact that New York was usually led by a young, inexperienced signal caller. Sam Darnold and Zach Wilson were never able to command an offense to the caliber of Rodgers.
This skill will be particularly beneficial for the Jets’ offensive line.
Communication breakdowns have ravaged the Jets’ pass protection for years. The quarterbacks deserved partial blame due to their inability to properly read defenses and adjust the protections. Rodgers, on the other hand, is a pre-snap wizard. Clips like the one above display how incredibly aware Rodgers is of everything going on around him, and he will make sure the big boys in front of him are aware, too.
With Rodgers under center, the Jets might finally run an offense in which everyone looks like they are on the same page.