HC Robert Saleh publicly declares Jets Super Bowl contenders with Aaron Rodgers
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New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh thinks the Jets are definitely among the six to eight Super Bowl contenders in 2023 following the Aaron Rodgers addition. The Jets entered this offseason with the belief that they were just a proven quarterback away from being a Super Bowl contender.
When Rodgers became available, the Jets went all in to acquire the former NFL MVP from the Green Bay Packers. "My opinion, I think 32 teams -- 32 coaches -- stand in front of their teams every year and talk about winning a championship, and then realistically, there's maybe six or eight teams that have an actual chance to do it.
And I do think we are one of those teams. But none of it matters unless we take care of (business) today," Saleh said, via CBS Sports.
Saleh confident Rodgers can lead the Jets to success
The Jets haven't been to the playoffs for the past 12 years.
Now that Rodgers is in town, the Jets' expectations have massively increased. However, Saleh underlined that his players have to remain focused on the present and go step by step. "I'd love to go 17-0, and cruise through the playoffs and win a championship, but you're not gonna be able to unless you focus on the moment," Saleh noted.
This offseason, the Jets also hired Nathaniel Hackett as their offensive coordinator. Rodgers is well familiar with Hackett as the two worked together for several years in Green Bay. Recently, NFL legend Peyton Manning said Rodgers being familiar with Hackett's system will be a reason why the Jets will have success in 2023.
"Let me tell you why I think it’s going to work. The fact that he has the same system that he ran in Green Bay, he’s going to be able to play so much faster. I mean, Pat, having to learn a new offence in your 18th, 19th year, it’s almost impossible because you have to unlearn your old offence.
You saw it with (Tom) Brady, and he goes to Tampa. They’re kind of making him learn some different language. All of a sudden, Week 6, they’re like, ‘Hey maybe we should just call the plays that Tom used to run in New England.
"Oh okay, let’s try that.’ Boom, they go to the Super Bowl," Manning said on The Pat McAfee Show