Aaron Rodgers has dominated NY Jets headlines over the last few weeks, and when one player commands a team's news cycle in the way that he has, every conceivable narrative will be shared. Perhaps the silliest of those narratives is the belief that Rodgers wouldn't be able to handle the New York market.
The likes of Tiki Barber, Mike Florio, and countless others have raised concerns about Rodgers' ability to succeed in the New York market. Barber went as far as to call him "sensitive" while suggesting that the 10-time Pro Bowl quarterback should "stop talking."
This entire narrative reeks of a pointless offseason talking point. You'd be hard-pressed to find many quarterbacks who have received more criticism from the national media over the last few years than Rodgers.
He's no stranger to the tabloids, the media run-ins, or the attention. If anything, someone like Rodgers is probably more likely to thrive in a bigger market — he's used to the headlines.
Other NY Jets news
Lamar Jackson wants no part of the Ravens' OC search
Despite the Ravens insisting that Lamar Jackson would be an important part of their offensive coordinator search, Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports reported on Thursday that the Ravens "did not fully integrate Jackson into the hiring process."
But why? Why wouldn't the Ravens want their franchise quarterback to have input on who the team's next offensive coordinator would be? Well, they actually did. It was Jackson who refused to participate.
The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec also reported on Thursday that Jackson "was given multiple opportunities to provide input" and "be involved." Despite this, Jackson seemingly balked at the opportunity to get involved in the search.
That certainly doesn't seem like the actions of a quarterback who expects to be with his current organization for the long haul. Let the rumors continue to fly.
Jets could play Rex Ryan in 2023
Former Jets head coach Rex Ryan has reportedly emerged as the favorite for the Denver Broncos' vacant defensive coordinator position, and the two sides could be in for a reunion next season.
The Jets are set to travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in 2023, meaning that if the Broncos hire Ryan, his defense will face off with Nathaniel Hackett's offense at some point next season. That would be quite the twist.
Ryan hasn't coached at any level since he was fired by the Buffalo Bills in 2016, and he hasn't been a defensive coordinator since 2008. Despite this, new Broncos head coach Sean Payton has seemingly identified the former Jets coach as his top target.
If all goes according to plan, the Jets will square off with their beloved former coach in what promises to be one of the most interesting (and unexpected) storylines of the 2023 season.