Why does it have to take an injury? Dan Leberfeld

If you are running a meritocracy, it shouldn’t just take an injury for a line-up change to be made.

Bill Belichick does it all the time, like with right tackle Isaiah Wynn on Sunday who was replaced by Marcus Cannon.

The Jets have decided to make Mike White the #2 QB moving forward ahead of Joe Flacco.

Why?

“Allow him the opportunity to practice and get his mind right preparing as the second quarterback,” Robert Saleh said. “Although you would like to think that preparing for the third quarterback, you would prepare exactly the sameā€¦there is a human element, so just allow him the opportunity to prepare as if he is the next man up.”

But what about him getting a chance to play?

“If Zach ever gets hurt, we are giving Mike White the opportunity to go in there,” Saleh said.

Why would an injury be the only way for him to play? What if Zach Wilson continues to struggle?

In a good football culture, you don’t just keep rolling with a player who is struggling. You owe it to the other players to try somebody else.

Unless you are driven by confirmation bias, and you need to justify your draft picks. Not saying the Jets brass is driven by confirmation bias, but if they keep this up, some might make that argument.

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