Robert Saleh left Jets unprepared for Eagles’ Gardner Minshew

For as soon as, there have been a minimal of rookie errors from Zach Wilson, and Saleluhah to that. 

Because these are perpetually the Jets, or the Jets perpetually, or in response to C.J. Mosley the Rodney Dangerfield Jets, you possibly can have guess your own home that any individual would decide up the slack. 

So on today, the rookie mistake belonged to the fiery rookie head coach. 

Although, in all actuality, it most likely wouldn’t have made a distinction if the Eagles trotted out Ron Jaworski at quarterback. 

It was Gardner Minshew and never Jalen Hurts (ankle) who began for the Eagles, Gardner Minshew and never Jalen Hurts who dominated the Jets 33-18, and this was the question afterward for cornerback Bryce Hall: “Did you guys prepare for Minshew at all during the week, Bryce?” 

“No. We didn’t,” Halll mentioned. “We were prepared for Jalen.” 

Hall was requested to elaborate. 

“Had we known ahead of time, I don’t think it really honestly would have changed much at all. It really didn’t change whether it was Minshew or Jalen, they did pretty much the same thing that we were expecting them to do.” 

One minor distinction: Hurts is extra of a runner (tenth within the NFL with 695 speeding yards coming into Sunday) than passer. 

Robert Saleh in the course of the Jets’ 33-18 loss to the Eagles.
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Minshew is extra of a passer than runner (344 yards speeding in 14 video games in 2019 in Jacksonville and 153 yards in 9 video games in 2020). 

The offensive system could be the identical, however the quarterback operating the offensive system was lots completely different. 

Hurts, bless his RPO coronary heart, was on the forefront of the Eagles’ league-leading speeding workforce. 

So Saleh and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, who’s clearly on the recent seat, acquired their beleaguered, embattled protection all lathered as much as cease Hurts. 

No means had been the Eagles about to run roughshod over Gang Green the best way the Colts did. 

Hurts, listed as questionable, was declared inactive on Sunday. 

So Minshew (20-for-25, 242 yards, 11 speeding yards) makes his first begin and finds tight finish Dallas Goedert for a pair of first-half touchdowns, completes his first 11 passes, engineers scoring drives on his first seven possessions and retains Wilson on the sideline for 13:50 within the third quarter. 

Per week earlier towards the Giants, Hurts had rushed eight instances for 77 yards and thrown three interceptions. 

“The offense that they ran was the same offense as Jalen would have played,” Mosley mentioned. “We don’t practice to prepare for one player. We might have a certain defense or a certain call in for a player, but we don’t base our whole defense off one player.” 

Asked if the protection ready for the contingency of Minshew beginning, Mosley mentioned: “We prepared for the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense.” 

Gardner Minshew and the Eagles’ offense scored on its first seven drives.
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The menace of the RPO with Hurts is what drives the Eagles’ offense. Minshew doesn’t current almost the identical menace. 

“One could argue Jalen might be the better athlete or have a better arm or so-and-so, there can always be intangible things like that, but like I said, they didn’t change their offense and we didn’t change our defense at the end of the day,” Mosley mentioned. 

Between the breakdowns and undisciplined boneheaded play and the officiating, Saleh was a volcano spewing hearth and fury on the sidelines. 

“A system’s a system,” Saleh mentioned. “They weren’t gonna change their total system multi function week. It’s simply, what had been they gonna name extra of? Which we had been very conversant in. You’re not gonna get the QB runs, however you’re nonetheless gonna get RPOs, you’re nonetheless gonna get extra intermediate-to-short sport, which is what they did. So every thing that they did was anticipated, it’s all a part of their sport plan. 

“The plays were all the same, it’s just where was the ball gonna go? Where Jalen’s a little bit more aggressive, we knew Minshew was gonna be a little bit more intermediate and check down, where Jalen would run, we knew Minshew would hand the ball off or be more RPO-ish, if you will. And then from a pass-game standpoint where Jalen would tuck it and run, we knew that Minshew would try to bide time and he just sat behind that offensive line and did a good job biding time and finding open receivers.” 

Saleh has no margin for error, not one, on an inexperienced protection that badly misses Carl Lawson and Marcus Maye. The power of Saleh’s persona and his ardour can not overcome a Mosley encroachment penalty on fourth-and-3, a Shaq Lawson face masks penalty, a Jonathan Marshall palms to the face, a third-and-10 Hall interference. 

“Disheartening,” Saleh completely mentioned. 

“Right now teams are not respecting us, that’s well deserved whether it’s by self-inflicted wounds or the history of the Jets,” Mosley mentioned. “The coin toss, no handshake, [Fletcher] Cox was laughing at Coach Saleh, he was fighting for us, trying to get a play-call. You see that stuff and you feel that stuff and as a competitor, as a warrior, when you’re fighting with your brother, that pisses you off. That’s been going on for a long time. When things change, it’s gonna change quick. When will that happen?, I don’t know, but when it does happen, we’re gonna be ready for it.” 

At least the Dangerfield’s gained’t have to organize subsequent week for Drew Brees. 

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