Aaron Rodgers says Jets need to 'grow up,' not point fingers after sideline outbursts

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NEW YORK — Aaron Rodgers believes the Jets have some growing up to do.

The injured quarterback was critical of teammates having “heated conversations” on the sideline, saying Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” that the Jets need to stick together through adversity.

“There’s been too many little side conversations, and we just need to grow up a little bit on offense, and lock in and do our jobs, everybody, and not point fingers at each other,” Rodgers, 39, said. “That’s everybody. Don’t point fingers at the coaching staff. Don’t point fingers at each other. Just get back to work and get the job done.”

Wide receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Michael Carter were both seen expressing frustrations on the sideline during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, with rookie Xavier Gipson holding back Carter as he yelled at running backs coach Taylor Embree.

The Jets, who fell to 1-2, traded in the offseason for the four-time MVP Rodgers, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tear four snaps into Week 1. Zach Wilson, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, has thrown two touchdowns against four interceptions as Rodgers’ replacement.

“I think we need to hold our poise a little bit better, really just offensively,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “We need to not have some of those things happen on the sideline and to be a little better, and just be a little better competitors.”


Rodgers’ remarks about overcoming adversity came after he was asked about Jets great Joe Namath criticizing Wilson. During an appearance Monday on 98.7 ESPN New York’s “The Michael Kay Show,” Namath said of Wilson, “I don’t believe he has a future as a good player.”

Jets coach Robert Saleh reiterated Monday that Wilson, 24, remains the starting quarterback.

The team plans to add quarterback Trevor Siemian, a six-year veteran who spent 2017 with the Jets, to its practice squad.

On Tuesday, Rodgers stressed the need to do whatever it takes to win, citing his former team, the Green Bay Packers, coming back from a 17-0 deficit Sunday to beat the New Orleans Saints. Rodgers spent his first 18 seasons with Green Bay.

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