Part I: The Honeymoon Phase is Over

It was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it? 

Trade for Aaron Rodgers, do Hard Knocks, all eyes on the New York Jets – the NFL’s franchise on the rise. 

Then of course, Rodgers goes down in the blink of an eye, Zach Wilson steps under center and all hell breaks loose.

On the bright side, the Jets pulled out a hard-fought victory over the division-rival Bills in their season opener, but then the s**t hit the fan in Week 2 at the Cowboys. No one really expected the Jets to win, but I don’t think they were expecting the mayhem that ensued, following New York’s ugly 30-10 loss to Mike McCarthy, Micah Parsons and the ‘Boys. 

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Part II: Sauce Gardner Deletes His X (formerly Twitter) Account 

Sauce Gardner, supposedly one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, got roasted by Stefon Diggs in Week 1 vs. Buffalo. Things didn’t get any better in game 2 when CeeDee Lamb ate him for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was an assassination. 

To make matters worse, when the Jets actually had a chance to stay in the game, Sauce dropped an easy pick-six which would have put the Jets in a great position going forward. 

Where’s the proof in the pudding? Sauce did an awful lot of talking this offseason – especially on Hard Knocks when he was covering a second-string wide receiver – but I don’t see him backing it up on the field. I just see Diggs and Lamb running wide-open all day. 

To make matters worse, as fans on X pointed out the obvious (Sauce got OWNED), Gardner then decided to delete his account after the loss. 

Seriously? You can’t take fans just telling you the truth? Sauce played terribly two weeks in a row. The facts are the facts. Grow up, man. 

The deletion of his account was petty, and it shows a blatant lack of both confidence and professionalism. Sauce is supposed to be a leader on this team, but I’m just not seeing that come to fruition. 

Part III: Breece Hall Complains About His Touches on X 

The X party didn’t stop with Sauce! 

Explosive running back Breece Hall also took to Elon Musk’s social media platform, posting four football emojis to signify his amount of carries in the Jets’ loss to the Cowboys

Now this one, at the very least, I can understand. The Jets’ offensive game plan – led by OC Nathaniel Hackett (one of the worst coaches in the NFL) and HC Robert Saleh (one of the most overrated coaches in the league) – was a joke from the get-go. Didn’t everybody in the world know they were going to play conservatively with Wilson under center? That’s exactly why you can’t do that, and you have to come out aggressive, taking some shots down the field. Also, as Hall pointed out, you have to ride him and specifically give him more touches in all manners possible. 

BUT… you can’t take your complaints to social media like Elijah Moore, who eventually gets exiled by the Jets. Do these guys have short-term memory or something? It’s just wrong. The team is 1-1, not 1-15. You can’t go to social media and complain after one measly loss. You need to take that in-house to your head coach and offensive coordinator. 

In the end, Sauce Gardner is lacking professionalism. Breece Hall is in the same boat. Week 2, all the way around, was a complete and utter disaster for Saleh’s squad. 

With two weeks in the books, New York is fully back to being the ‘same old Jets.’ 

John Frascella is a published sports author who has been covering the NFL for 19 years. Follow him on X @LegendSports7 for all things NFL, NBA and MLB throughout the year. 

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3 days ago

I’m in a 14 team 1/2 ppr league. 2 WR / 2RB’s and a Flex. Who would you start at Flex with this group?

  • Tee Higgins (WR1)
  • Calvin Ridley (WR 2)
  • DeAndre Hopkins: Flex?
  • Jordan Addison: ?
  • Marquise Brown: ?
  • Nico Collins: ?
Mitch Staniger
3 days ago

From a Packers fan that lived through the post Jordan Love draft drama, the GB never drafted Rodgers a 1st Round offensive weapon, Rodgers contract holding the front office hostage, and the I am leaving GB after my cave stay drama, I was hoping for a fresh start for Rodgers and the young Jets squad. That is now dead. I am sad for you. Chin up.


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Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
2 days ago
Reply to  Mitch Staniger

it was always completely hilarious that both rodgers was right about GB never drafting guys to help his offense about ever BUT of course rodgers’ contract in a cap sport pretty much precludes a competitive roster in a very real way the larger the % paid to one player (unless you get that rare lucky streak of a bunch of players taking pay cuts like oft seen in the brady/bellichick NE teams). seems odd (for non egomanics) to openly say you want it both ways. “yes please give me (guessing) double the next closest player on my team and if you don’t i’ll leave, but even if/when you continue to pay me i’ll also bitch about how ownership doesn’t help the rest of the roster for me”

mahomes has a near exact problem just lately, he isn’t out there bitching about it, but the state of KC’s WR’s is and will continue to be hilarious when he’s making near 50 or whatever it is a year. there will be more versions of c.jones there in the future (say had mahomes been the loudest voice about “we want to get c.jones back playing” hahaha, yeah ok buddy, sure you do, but not if it f’s with your giant raise so only sorta). burrow’s going to be a hilarious one the longer the season goes on too. that there is about the quickest “player gets paid big time, then immediately sucks” i’ve ever seen (it was like 35ish hours or something after his contract that his week 1 performance went out there). not suggesting burrow will suck that hard for the rest of that contract, but humans have very short term indexed minds; it’ll look really bad and has already. my guess is they’ll keep playing him injured for at least the next 2 weeks (possibly ROS). injuries tend to not get better (or much slower) if/when you keep playing on them. (no i do not own burrow anywhere this year, whew, do own chase in dynasties though)

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
2 days ago

a.tversky once said something along the lines of “your life is almost never better after going on tv” (back when social media wasn’t a thing); it seems very obvious, but everybody appears to like being famous, regardless of the outcomes. anywhoo, it applies here, each and every one of these players, their lives would be better if they weren’t on social media looking like/saying stuff whatever.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
2 days ago

wouldn’t matter if NYJ were 1-15 (or any team, doesn’t matter), if you go out there trying to make your coaches look like idiots to get traded, do you really think the other teams’ owners/GM’s/coaches don’t notice you looking like a whiny bitch millionaire or not? might that not say hurt you in the future, regardless of the outcome? billionaires tend to not like being made to look like idiots or worse (owners, and if they want to they can make things very hard for any player (ask kaep about it)) these people need to actually trust somebody smart, whether that’s an agent, or their mother, or whatever. not just football. wouldn’t it have say paid a bunch of people (certainly the agent) to have told w.franco that “buddy, i know in the DR it’s very normal for 14 year olds to be mothers, and even 30 year old grandmas aren’t rare, but in the u.s. if it looks even at all like you had been or currently are having sex with what is defined in the u.s. as a child, your millions will suddenly evaporate. and after you’ll be making some small fraction of that to play in say asia or some other much much smaller league”. massive cultural differences can cause this stuff if not adjusted to the spot where the money is coming from, regardless of if the lineage of most current u.s. whites (europe) did in the middle ages and if that’s similar to current DR, it sure isn’t ok for the large majority of current u.s. citizens (regardless of some rouge yahoos in the u.s. currently thinking since they got elected it’s free time to install laws like that (i.e. lowering min age for marriage and the like))

nobody appears to be in a position of trust with these players that have any sort of intelligence. i’m sure most of them had/have somebody trying to do that, but they clearly don’t trust them enough to listen to them.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
2 days ago
Reply to  John Frascella

well i mean they are already famous just for being starters in the NFL, but one would think more would act like they have an interest in that remaining the case for as long as possible, but don’t. oh yeah NYJ GM/coaches have had a large amount of problems for a long time.