Even if Aaron Rodgers had remained healthy, the New York Jets would have faced a tough Week 2 matchup on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. Without Rodgers, it wasn’t much of a contest as the Cowboys handily defeated the Jets, winning 30-10.
And after the game, one of New York’s best players was not happy with how he was used and the flow of the game in general.
Breece Hall rushed for 127 yards on only 10 carries in New York’s Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills. He added one catch for 20 yards. But Hall got nowhere near as many touches against Dallas, He carried the ball only four times for nine yards and while he was targeted twice in the passing game, he caught no passes.
After the game, Hall made his frustration known.
“I mean, I only got four touches. That’s why we struggled. It is what it is. We just got down early today and just abandoned the run,” Hall said, per Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic. “That type of stuff happens, you feel like you’ve gotta get back in the game and it just slips away.”
Hall later seemingly expressed his frustration on Twitter, tweeting out only four football emojis, matching his number of touches.
Jets RB Breece Hall had only four touches on Sunday, which seemed to be his point in this since deleted tweet. pic.twitter.com/MMUrKWleUL
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) September 18, 2023
While Hall did eventually delete his tweet, it did generate a lot of responses while it was up.
Nate Hackett is on notice https://t.co/tjn8BUDsFV
— J. Gray (@JGrayJets) September 18, 2023
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) September 18, 2023
Bro is not happy https://t.co/jTM70zPOHi
— Dylan (@nyjetsfansonly) September 18, 2023
Locker room drama week 2…. Christ man https://t.co/oUiq6i4rAr
— Greg Stengel (@gts26rocks) September 18, 2023
Hall was one of the stars for New York in Week 1, showing few lingering issues from his season-ending injury in 2022. Additionally, Dalvin Cook, who was brought in to help spell Hall in the running game, also had only four carries. And while the score ultimately took the running game away from the Jets, they were only down eight points at halftime. It didn’t become lopsided until after New York’s first possession in the third quarter.
It remains to be seen if the Jets can contend without Aaron Rodgers. If they are, though, the running game will need to be a big part of it. When that doesn’t happen, results like Sunday’s will be common.