FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Robert Saleh was defending his players and coaches when he said he’s “taking receipts” on people who mock the Jets, and his conviction remains strong that his group will turn around the franchise.
Saleh knows they have to prove it, though.
“This is not the Same Old Jets,” Saleh said. “But until we win, until we prove it, which is on us as coaches and on us as players, the shots will keep on coming. We welcome them. Keep bringing them. It’s not going to change our mission and that’s to bring this organization and this fan base a winner.”
There was so much optimism around the Jets heading into the season. It seemed to come to a screeching halt on Sunday
The Jets didn’t play well – particularly on offense – in their 24-9 loss to Baltimore. It led to criticism and a feeling among the fans that they’ve seen this movie many times. The Jets’ have missed the playoffs 11 straight years, which is the NFL’s longest active streak.
Saleh understands the fans’ pain and believes he will one day bring them joy.
“While everybody in this organization acknowledges and respects the past, this group is responsible for the future,” Saleh said. “While we do feel past sins of the organization, we know it’s our job to heal those wounds, also.
“We’ve got to go prove it on the football field. My commitment and our team’s commitment to this entire fan base is that we’re going to do it.”
Saleh said he learned “a lesson” after letting “outside noise” drive his passionate Monday Zoom call. Saleh had some fun with his remarks when he was asked about Peyton Manning who took a shot at the Jets during the ESPN’s ManningCast for attempting 59 passes Sunday.
“Peyton, I’m taking your receipt,” Saleh said staring into the camera, “No, I’m just kidding. I’m kidding.”
Wilson works out
Zach Wilson’s rehab is ramping up. He was on the field with his teammates for the first time since suffering a bone bruise and torn meniscus in an Aug. 12 preseason game at Philadelphia.
Wilson ran, dropped back and threw passes to receivers running routes. Wilson isn’t cleared for competitive team drills yet and is expected to be out until Week 4.
Safety Jordan Whitehead (ankle) did not practice and could miss Sunday’s game. Saleh said it’s could be a “week-to-week” thing. The Jets already signed safety Will Parks to the active roster from the practice squad.
Punter Braden Mann (back) was limited in practice. The Jets signed Ty Long to the practice squad for insurance this week. … Defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (toe) did not practice. … Cornerback Jimmy Moreland was signed to the practice team and wide receiver Diontae Spencer was released from it.