Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Injured McCown to serve as player-coach for Jets vs. Saints

Injured McCown to serve as player-coach for Jets vs. Saints

Let's be clear: this game, for all intents and purposes, should be a bloodbath.

Wilkerson - who is the highest-paid player on the Jets with a cap hit of $18 million - has been benched for tardiness in each of the past three seasons.

While Morton is excited to return to The Big Easy, he's focused on getting his players ready for Sunday.

Everybody hop on the Bryce Petty train, you're in for a wild, yet unsatisfying, ride.

In terms of the defense, it has been inconsistent this year, and the Saints have maybe the NFL's best offense. Given that the Jets defensive line has been relatively good at limiting the run, I'm sure Sean Payton will have no problem allowing Drew Brees to pick apart the Jets secondary, focusing mainly on exposing their poor-performing corners.

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Wilkerson was benched for the first quarter of the December 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs because he showed up late for a meeting on the eve of the contest. Last season, while playing hurt, he had 4.5 sacks. Petty proceeded to go 1-for-5 before the Jets turned the ball over on downs. "I just wanted to run it and get out of there". It did not go well, and it did not take long for offensive coordinator John Morton to figuratively call it quits.

However, both Morton and Todd Bowles need to find a way to get their team motivated and prepared enough to make them look decent against the New Orleans Saints. Todd Bowles can't afford to have the locker room splinter like it did last season. Petty is preparing for his fifth career start.

The likelihood that these two guys are going to be able to keep it close next week is very slim.

"I thought we had more energy this game than we had all year", he said.

"I'm just anxious about the guys going to the game tomorrow", Bowles said, "and I'm going to coach those 53 guys". But, the players should be motivated to win after a humiliating loss. The Jets used the franchise tag on Wilkerson for 2016, but the sides worked out a long-term agreement minutes before the July 15 deadline last season. "If that's what he wants to do, I can see him being an excellent coach when he's done playing". I didn't think that was fair.

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