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Nepotism is a hell of a drug


Russell Wilson’s passing stats, adjusted for league context (100 is league average for the rating stats):

I’m not saying this is entirely Nathaniel Hackett’s fault, but when a QB who had spent his whole career as a solidly-above-average-to-outstanding QB immediately tumbles to near-replacement-level, how badly do you want the offensive GURU who presided over that collapse running your offense?

If you’re the New York Jets, apparently you like what you saw:

And Jets fans thought Hackett’s old man ran a dreary offense!

Obviously, the Jets aren’t hiring Hackett fils for his offensive coaching ability per se as for his status as “guy who once held a Surface while Aaron Rodgers played QB.” The obvious problems here are 1)there preponderance of the evidence suggests that Rodgers has no particular interest in following Hackett anywhere and 2)it’s far from obvious that bringing in an increasingly cranky pushing-40 QB whose decline in performance was almost as steep as Wilson’s last year would be a good idea even if he did:

Aaron Rodgers-to-the-Jets sounds like a cross between a made-for-megaclicks fairytale and a rerun of last offseason’s Rodgers-to-the-Broncos fanfic. It appeared that Nathaniel Hackett would be named the Jets offensive coordinator at press time, but we should stop thinking of Hackett as Rodgers’ bosom buddy and think of him instead as a golf caddie with the good sense to smile and nod along to Rodgers’ sociopolitical braindumps in the name of tips.

Among other considerations (the compensation, Rodgers’ probable unwillingness to do it), transplanting Rodgers’ off-field persona to New York is a terrible idea. It’s easy to be a contentious weirdo in Green Bay, where any media member who asks a probing question can be immediately exiled to the Marquette volleyball beat. Rodgers in New York would go over a lot like Russell Wilson in Denver—all the goofy stuff his old team got used to like a frog in a slow cooker suddenly becomes a major issue—except with the amplifiers turned up to 11.

Never say never in the modern NFL. But I cannot put a percentage chance on the likelihood of Rodgers to the Jets, because the New York market has its own gravity, and everyone is talking about it simply because everyone else is talking about it, not because of anything tangible.

Say this for the Jets, they’ll always be the Jets.

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