The New York Jets have caused more excitement off the field than on it in the past few years, and now head coach Robert Saleh is making waves yet again. Saleh spoke out about the recent absence of quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently with comments that have caught the attention of AFC football fans.

On Wednesday, it was announced by Colin Cowherd that Rodgers had changed time zones on his way to an off-season vacation. Mike Greenberg had a blunt take on Bill Belichick potentially returning to coach the Jets.

Saleh's words could be taken as good news for fans who may have been concerned about Rodgers' whereabouts.

Saleh says he and Rodgers “on same page” 

New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers during the 2023 season opener.
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Saleh spoke at a news conference on Thursday, squashing any potential rumors of he and Rodgers not seeing eye-to-eye.

“Aaron and I are on the exact same page,” Saleh said. “There's no issue between Aaron or his teammates, for that matter. We addressed it yesterday. It's more of an issue for everyone outside the building than it is inside.”

Rodgers suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in the first week of the season against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills before missing the rest of the regular season. The hope for Jets fans is that Rodgers returns to his Pro Bowl form in what they anticipate will be his first full season with the team.

Jets' offensive outlook with Rodgers

The offensive side of the ball figures to be an exciting one for the Jets with Breece Hall reprising his role as the jitterbug running back who can do it all out of the backfield. Rodgers' world famous scrambling skills have likely fallen off considering his Achilles injury and other factors, but the Jets have a potent offensive attack in the making regardless.

For Rodgers to thrive in offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's system, he will most likely need to rely on the running game, and get the ball out of his hands more quickly than ever before to his bevy of weapons on the inside and outside of the field.

Rodgers' absence from minicamp has ruffled the feathers of fans across the New York Metro area, but not all hope is lost. Rodgers joined the Jets in hopes of seeing this reclamation project through with Saleh, and the Jets have the makings of a pretty good rushing attack that will almost certainly take pressure off of the former NFL MVP with each passing week, if things go at least somewhat according to plan, a big “if” considering what happened last season.