Morton’s honesty was downright refreshing. Some quotes:

“Listen, the game was out of hand and I didn’t want to let some bad stuff happen. At that time, I don’t like saying, ‘No mas,’ but, listen, it was time to get out of there. They kicked our butts, they kicked our butts. Sometimes that happens in the National Football League.

“I’m not going to sit there and have these guys run a bunch of routes and something bad happens, make bad decisions. I didn’t want that to happen. So I made the decision. I just wanted to run it and get out of there.”


Another quote, in response to a question about whether Morton was concerned with damaging Petty’s confidence (Petty is now in his third season, and he had made four starts last year):

We were behind. We didn’t have a chance. They’re just dropping back in coverage and then we’re just going to be throwing, forcing balls. I didn’t want that. I didn’t think that was fair. Call it whatever you want, I just thought that was the right decision to do at that time.


Morton said all this after saying he had the “utmost confidence” in Petty and third-stringer Christian Hackenberg, which was probably less than honest. Petty will start Sunday’s game at the Saints, which means Hackenberg will be active for just the third time in the 30 games the Jets have played since drafting him in the second round in 2016. And yet:


(If they’re still not going to play him even now, with the season lost, why have the Jets bothered to keep Hackenberg on the roster all this time?)

Oh, and head coach Todd Bowles said today that defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson would not be traveling to New Orleans because of a disciplinary issue that’s since been reported as another late arrival to a team meeting. Wilkerson’s been dreadful since the Jets agreed to pony up nearly $37 million in guaranteed money for him in July 2016, and he’s almost certainly a goner after the season ends. Not to worry. Only three more games and it’ll be all over.