Jets’ Robert Saleh doesn’t press ‘panic button’ amid Aaron Rodgers saga

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Aaron Rodgers remains a member of the Green Bay Packers But New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh isn’t hitting the «panic button» yet.

It’s been almost two weeks since the four-time NFL MVP revealed his intentions are to play for the jets next season, but no agreement has been reached between the two teams. Saleh told reporters on the second day of the League’s Annual Meeting that he is sure «things are going to work out.»

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh works on the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in East Rutherford, NJ (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

«Honestly, I’m not pushing the panic button,» Saleh said. «I worry about the things I have control over. This is something I have no control over, so I’m going to focus my energy on the things I do. And it is what it is.»

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He continued: «I’m confident. I think things are going to work out. You know me, I’m a very positive and optimistic person, so I’m confident that things will turn out as we hoped. But at the same time, it’s not going to eat me.»

Saleh was careful with his choice of words since Rodgers is still a member of the Packers, but added that the attention New York has been getting from players across the league, not just Rodgers, is a testament to what the Jets have. and they could achieve. .

November 27, 2022;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

November 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

«You know we’ve come a long way in two years and to have a guy of his caliber … and there are a lot of guys who want to come here and play. There’s a lot of enthusiasm in the organization, and it’s a great thing.» be part of. So hopefully we can keep moving forward and capitalize on the momentum.»

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Saleh’s lack of anxiety about the extended deal could also stem from the familiarity Rodgers already has with Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

«If the quarterback knows the system, it’s just a matter of refining his skills and all that. There’s no rush on our part,» Saleh said, without naming names.

Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett watches from the sideline against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Empower Field at Mile High on November 20, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett watches from the sideline against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Empower Field at Mile High on November 20, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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As the NFL community awaits word on a deal, Saleh gave an update on the former first-round pick. zach wilson, confirming that it will be QB No. 2.

«Going forward, sure. Like I said, we’re very excited to work with him. I want to make sure I rephrase that, when I said going forward. I know that’s going to be the headline. But he’s our No. 2. I really still think that Zach has a future in this league to be a very good quarterback. I really believe that. He’s got the work ethic. He’s got the mentality. He’s coming here to attack. We count on him being a fixture here for a while.»

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