There are quite a lot of new issues concerning the Jets initially of coaching camp — none extra apparent than the person taking part in quarterback.
However Aaron Rodgers did not come to Florham Park alone for this coaching camp.
He introduced with him one thing that hasn’t come to One Jets Drive in over a decade: expectations.
It was evident on Saturday through the first follow of the coaching camp open to the followers.
Tickets for open follow and the subsequent three offered out in three minutes.
Over 2,000 followers gathered on the staff’s coaching camp.
The “Aaron Rodgers” and “JETS” chants began lengthy earlier than follow and continued all through the day.
It definitely would not appear to be the Similar Outdated Jets proper now.
Rodgers confirmed why throughout his finest camp follow to this point. With Jay-Z’s music blaring via the audio system, Rodgers stored busy.
He made throws to Tyler Conklin, Corey Davis and Mecole Hardman ultimately zone that have been appropriate for home windows smaller than a cruise ship porthole.
When Sauce Gardner interrupted his go to Garrett Wilson on the sideline, Rodgers threw a fast tilt to Wilson on the subsequent play.
“His presence is nice for everybody,” head coach Robert Saleh mentioned for Rodgers.
This contains proprietor Woody Johnson, who beamed as he watched camp follow
. Johnson walked round taking selfies with followers, throwing punches and absorbing a love he hasn’t felt in a very long time as proprietor of the downtrodden Jets.
Nobody was shouting “Promote the staff” at him on Saturday.
It was probably the most thrilling day ever at Jets coaching camp at Florham Park. You would need to return to 2008, when Brett Favre made his debut for the Hofstra staff, to seek out something comparable.
Saturday’s follow was only a style of what Week 1 will appear to be at MetLife Stadium when the Payments name a “Monday Night time Soccer” recreation in what would be the most anticipated opener since not less than 2011, and presumably since 1999.
The Jets aren’t operating away from what Rodgers introduced with him. After years of hunch, the group rejoices in its excessive expectations.
“The message is: embrace it, adore it, you have earned it,” Saleh mentioned. “Now what? Go do one thing.
“Now what?” is Saleh’s new favourite phrase. Saleh would not need the Jets to fake the Tremendous Bowl is not their purpose, however he insisted on staying centered on the current.
“I strongly consider you are speaking to the elephant within the room, and ‘Now what?’ mentioned Saleh. “You continue to need to go do one thing. You at all times need to assault the day, you at all times need to assault your moments, you at all times need to discover a manner to enhance your self on daily basis. It’s nonetheless higher to go to mattress than to get up. You have to at all times assault each second of the day.
“In the event you do that, you not less than give your self an opportunity to attain what everybody expects of you.
“In the event you simply sit there and take a look at the trophy down the highway, then you are going to neglect all the best way to get there.”
Saleh has been a part of groups with excessive expectations earlier than.
The 2013 Seahawks entered the 12 months with large hype after Russell Wilson led them to the playoffs in 2012 as a rookie.
Seattle ended up profitable Tremendous Bowl XLVIII at MetLife.
In 2019, expectations skyrocketed in San Francisco and the 49ers made it to the Tremendous Bowl.
Right here, expectations have not been this excessive for the Jets since 2011, after they simply made back-to-back AFC Championship appearances.
Since then, they have been via 4 coaches, 4 basic managers, 13 beginning quarterbacks, the Tebow expertise, Fireplace Idzik, the Geno Punch, the Hackenberg expertise, the Darnold period, mono, the Wilson period, Mike f’n White, and loads of different occasions the group would like to neglect.
After this latest historical past, it is no surprise the Jets do not care about individuals’s lofty predictions, however embrace them.
“We all know what our expectations are,” Saleh mentioned. “We all know the noise. We all know everybody is happy about this soccer staff and what they will do.
Excited? In regards to the Jets? In July?
That is one thing a Jets coach could not say for an extended, very long time.
The Jets are able to make the most of this trip.