New York Jets Face Quarterback Dilemma as Aaron Rodgers Eyes Return Amidst Tim Boyle’s Starting Struggles

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Aaron Rodgers and Tim Boyle
Aaron Rodgers and Tim Boyle (Credits: ESPN)

Injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers has rejoined the New York Jets on a full-time basis, expressing eagerness to return to the field. However, the Jets’ immediate decision at quarterback involves keeping Tim Boyle as the starter despite a shaky performance in his starting debut.

Following Boyle’s challenging game, during which he was sacked seven times and faced interceptions, Jets coach Robert Saleh announced on Saturday that Boyle would be given another opportunity as the starter in the upcoming week. Saleh’s other quarterback options include Trevor Siemian, who was the No. 2 quarterback on Friday and recently benched Zach Wilson. When asked about Siemian, Saleh mentioned that he was not ready to make a decision. The Jets are set to host the Atlanta Falcons on December 3.

Aaron Rodgers and Tim Boyle
Aaron Rodgers and Tim Boyle (Credits: NFL)

The Jets, currently at a 4-7 record and on a four-game losing streak, are grappling with a season-long offensive struggle, scoring only 10 touchdowns. Rodgers’ absence due to injury, coupled with a constantly changing offensive line, has resulted in a historically ineffective offense. The recent game against the Miami Dolphins was particularly challenging, with the Jets failing to cross midfield until the fourth quarter.

While Rodgers observed the game from the sideline, deviating from his usual rehab routine in California, he remains in New Jersey—a crucial aspect of his bid for an unprecedented return from Achilles surgery. Rodgers, just 10 weeks post-surgery, aims to start practicing in early December, with hopes of playing in the December 24 game against the Washington Commanders.

Saleh confirmed Rodgers’ presence in the building but provided no update on a specific practice date, emphasizing the need for a doctor’s clearance. The decision regarding Rodgers’ return involves multiple factors, with Saleh stating that the final call rests with Rodgers, provided he is medically cleared. However, at nearly 40 years old, Rodgers faces the challenge of a precarious offensive line situation, with the Jets having utilized eight combinations and 12 different players, resulting in 47 sacks.

Boyle, who started the season on the practice squad, found himself under constant pressure during the recent game, completing 27 of 38 passes for 179 yards. Despite the limitations in the offense, Boyle expressed his efforts to avoid sacks and acknowledged both areas of control and factors beyond his influence.

Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, currently under scrutiny, received a vote of confidence from Saleh, indicating that there is no consideration to remove him as the play-caller. Hackett’s close relationship with Rodgers is likely a contributing factor to his job security, with Boyle crediting Rodgers for providing support during the game and describing him as a “peaceful, calming presence.” If Rodgers has his way, the roles could soon be reversed.

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