The NY Jets fell to the Baltimore Ravens by a final score of 24-9 in Week 1. It was a disappointing start to the season that wasn't helped by the play of quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco started in place of the injured Zach Wilson and, despite finishing with a somewhat encouraging stat line, played uninspiring football and ultimately hindered the potential of the Jets' offense.
Yes, Flacco was let down by a subpar offensive line. Yes, the Jets did deal with their fair share of drops and fumbles. But at the end of the day, Flacco was bad. He played a bad game and looked like a bad NFL quarterback. Almost everything about the offense was bad.
Flacco completed 37-of-59 passes for 307 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, but that doesn't come close to telling the whole story. The offense was so putrid that there were Mike White chants at a point in the third quarter.
That begs the question, is it time for the Jets to turn to Mike White?
Would the NY Jets be better off with Mike White instead of Joe Flacco?
White gained a cult following after his heroic performance against the Cincinnati Bengals last season netted him a genuine spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Despite his heroics, however, White never quite capitalized on the performance.
The former fifth-round pick struggled in subsequent performances and was rendered an afterthought following the addition of Flacco. His performance this summer didn't inspire much confidence either.
White was not only outplayed by Flacco this summer, but he was also bested by former CFL star Chris Streveler. White earned a spot on the 53-man roster regardless, but Streveler was the better quarterback in the preseason — and it wasn't particularly close.
Still, with Flacco struggling as much as he did in Week 1, why not turn to White to see if the offensive results can improve? It's a fair question, but it's understandable why the Jets may be hesitant.
Bengals game aside, White was bad last year. He recorded 12 turnover-worthy plays in just 11 quarters and finished with a higher interception rate than Zach Wilson despite an average depth of target over three yards less than his fellow Jets QB.
Wilson was bad in 2021. White was even worse.
That's not to mention the fact that White was a significantly worse quarterback than Flacco this summer. If this is what Flacco can do, who's to say White would fare any better?
The Jets will more than likely continue to roll with Flacco until Wilson returns, hopefully as soon as Week 4. If Flacco continues to struggle, though, why not throw White out there?
Will he be better? Honestly, probably not. But if the offense puts together another abysmal week, it'd be hard to justify sticking with Flacco.
It's not Mike White time yet, and it probably shouldn't ever be again, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Don't rule out a Mike White appearance if things get really ugly.