FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — In a single final twist to their ever-changing quarterback scenario, the New York Jets have determined to begin Joe Flacco — not Mike White — of their remaining sport Sunday in opposition to the Miami Dolphins.
White was dominated out Friday after aggravating a earlier rib damage on a sack on the finish of the primary half within the Sunday loss to the Seattle Seahawks, in keeping with coach Robert Saleh.
“He is simply in quite a lot of ache,” mentioned Saleh, including that the damage “clearly affected his means to throw the ball” within the second half.
Former starter Zach Wilson, inactive final week, would be the No. 2 quarterback.
Explaining why he selected Flacco over Wilson, Saleh mentioned he needs Wilson, benched twice, to concentrate on 2023. A messy offensive-line scenario most likely factored into the choice as nicely. Left deal with Duane Brown (shoulder), proper deal with George Fant (knee) and proper guard Nate Herbig (calf) — all starters — have been dominated out.
“I wish to get him to the offseason so we are able to assault the plan that we have been constructing,” Saleh mentioned of Wilson. “Placing him on the market proper now will not be going to do him any good; it isn’t going to do anybody any good. For Zach, it is all about ’23.”
The Jets may have three quarterbacks for the sport in the event that they elevate Chris Streveler from the observe squad, as they’ve completed the previous two weeks.
The sport has no playoff implications for the Jets (7-9), who have been eradicated final week after their fifth straight loss. It does have some symmetry, although. They started the season with Flacco due to an damage, and now they may finish with him for a similar motive.
Flacco, 37, hasn’t determined his future, so this may very well be the ultimate sport of his distinguished profession, which features a Tremendous Bowl MVP award with the Baltimore Ravens.
New York will finish the season with three quarterbacks having began no less than 4 video games apiece — Flacco (4), White (4) and Wilson (9).
This marked the second time up to now 4 weeks that White was dominated out on a Friday due to his fractured ribs. After getting injured Dec. 11, he was making ready to begin the following week however could not get clearance from medical doctors. He wound up lacking two video games, as Wilson stepped in after having been benched.
Wilson received benched once more, as Saleh turned again to White in final week’s must-win sport in opposition to the Seahawks. White threw two interceptions and accomplished solely 23 of 46 passes for 240 yards, as he appeared to be affected by the rib damage.
Saleh mentioned he does not second-guess his resolution to play White in such an vital sport.
“He felt actually good and he appeared actually good within the first half, after which it received re-aggravated,” Saleh mentioned. “You’ll be able to play the hypothetical: Was it a mistake? He nonetheless performed good soccer within the first half. However we knew the chance that if it received re-aggravated it wasn’t going to be good — and it received re-aggravated.”
On Monday, Saleh mentioned White “ought to be able to go for Sunday,” however pink flags went up when the Jets canceled White’s common media availability Thursday. Later, the damage report mentioned he was downgraded to “restricted” in observe. Saleh wasn’t out there Thursday.
So the Jets flip again to Flacco, who began the primary three video games after Wilson underwent preseason knee surgical procedure. He received one of many three begins, throwing 5 touchdowns and three interceptions. He performed seven snaps within the Dec. 11 loss to the Buffalo Payments, wanting rusty and fumbling on a strip sack.
General, Flacco has a 28.8 QBR, which ranks thirty seventh out of 38 passers with a minimal of 150 makes an attempt.
White’s time with the Jets may very well be over, as he will probably be an unrestricted free agent. He completed the season with a 1-3 file, together with 3 landing passes, 4 interceptions, a 59% completion fee, 1,192 yards and a 37.5 QBR.