NY Jets HC Robert Saleh leaves the door open for Mike White to start

NY Jets, Mike White
NY Jets, Mike White / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets trotted out veteran Joe Flacco at quarterback in Week 1 with second-year QB Zach Wilson sidelined, and the results weren't very encouraging.

Flacco's final stat line may look favorable — 37-of-59 for 307 yards, a touchdown, and an interception — but the offense's inability to move the ball consistently for most of the game was certainly at least partially his fault.

Head coach Robert Saleh was asked about the possibility of starting Mike White instead of Flacco in Week 2 when speaking to the media after Sunday's game, and he didn't outright dismiss the idea.

Saleh left the door open for a potential switch to White if he deems it necessary.

"As of now, Joe’s our starting quarterback. It’s more than likely going to be Joe, but the door’s open on every position, every week."

Robert Saleh

Could the NY Jets bench Joe Flacco in favor of Mike White?

While part of that quote does feel like "coach speak," Saleh didn't exactly make a commitment to stick with Flacco until Wilson returns. He had the opportunity to and he didn't — that's notable.

Of course, this doesn't mean the Jets are going to make the switch to White right away. Flacco is almost assuredly going to start this week and it would take a disastrous effort for him to be benched mid-game.

But if Flacco and the offense struggle again, perhaps the Jets turn to White ahead of their Week 3 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. After all, White knows a thing or two about beating the Bengals.

There's an argument to be made that a more mobile quarterback like White could be a benefit to a Jets offense that really needed a spark on Sunday. White isn't exactly Lamar Jackson, but he has a bit more escapability than his 15-year NFL veteran teammate.

The Jets hope that Wilson will be able to return in time for the team's Week 4 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But for now, the Jets have a decision to make.

6 quick takeaways from the NY Jets Week 1 loss to the Ravens. dark. Next

It's the Joe Flacco show for the time being, but don't be surprised if Mike White gets his shot.