The New York Jets just lost their best player in Aaron Rodgers, so most people feel like their Super Bowl hopes no longer exist.
And while that could be true, this team is still talented enough to at least try and make a playoff push, even without him.
But more than that, NFL analysts David Jacoby and Willie Colon believe this could still be a crucial season for the Jets, not just for now but also for their — and Rodgers’ — future.
In the latest edition of The Carton Show, they argued that this season could be a bit of an audition to show Rodgers that it’s actually worth coming back.
"The Jets have to play well to show Aaron Rodgers that he should come back."
— The Carton Show (@TheCartonShow) September 14, 2023
Rodgers was already quite excited about the team’s potential and their young players, and he had made it loud and clear that he wanted to stay there for a long time.
Watching the team crumble to pieces and the young guys underperform could send the wrong message for a veteran coming off a major injury at this point in his career.
If Rodgers thinks that the Jets can’t put him in a position to win or look good after that injury, then why risk coming back at all?
He’s already a first-ballot Hall of Famer as it is, and it’s not like he needs the money.
Enduring a beating and looking bad out there at this point in his career, especially after a year off because of an injury could only be a stain in his legacy, so the Jets still need to prove themselves to him.NEXT: Analyst Notes Jets Can Have A 'Redemption Story' This Season