Robert Saleh is not a fan of the new Guardian hats being worn outside players’ helmets during pre-season game two. The head coach of the Jets believes that it creates bad habits, because the players use their helmets more thanks to the protective shells.
Offensive and defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers should wear hats, which are intended to reduce concussions.
“I think the spirit of all this is really good. I think there are benefits,” Saleh said after training on Saturday. “I think because of the soft hit, it lends players to use their heads a little bit more. …Anyone who’s played soccer knows that the first time you take off your helmet or hit the helmet or crash, a shock occurs. I think if you wait until the first game for that shock to happen, I don’t know, time will tell.
“It’s very interesting with Guardian hats and what exactly are we trying to achieve.”
Saleh’s main issue is that he feels there has to be a balance, and waiting until the pre-season final to use regular helmets could negate the bonus of wearing Guardian hats as a start.
“I [concerned] Because I think there’s an acclimation period required for the actual pads for what they’re actually going to use in the game,” he said.
The NFL issued a statement to the Guardian caps on Saturday afternoon: “The brain does not cope with head impacts,” said Dr. Allen Sales, the NFL’s chief medical officer. “The Guardian Cap helps mitigate those forces at a time in the season when we see their greatest concentration.”
Defensive End Novice Jermaine Johnson thinks he has a lot of Novices due to his frequent title changes in college, from Independent Community College (Kansas) to Georgia and then to Florida. He is used to adapting to different teammates and coaches and their footballing philosophies.
“It helped me tremendously. My longest stay in one place is two years, and that was Georgia.” I am very familiar with re-acclimatization with new systems, new locker rooms, things like that. I have no problem doing that. I kind of learned to do it the right way. The only way to earn respect is to do things the right way and be a good fellow.”
A year ago, the Jets were second guessed to not have an experienced quarterback on their roster to direct Zach Wilson. That’s no problem this summer, with Joe Flacco on the list. The 37-year-old quarterback had a strong day on Saturday and still threw a very long ball.
“He has been very successful in this league, he knows how to prepare, he knows what defenses look like. I will stand by him, it is not his job to direct or coach anyone. His job is to go out and play, but I think that by the way, his work is really useful for what we have and it’s a very small football team.”
The Jets will train on sanitary pads for the first time on Monday. Sunday is a holiday.