The Mike White Era was a white-hot flash of excitement and hope that seemingly ended almost as soon as it began. You could say it was the epitome of everything fans have come to expect from the New York Jets.

White, who stepped in to start in place of Zach Wilson, garnered some hype in early goings, even inspiring some Jets fans to dream of their version of the Tom Brady ascent. But soon, White faded from the bright lights of the spotlight. Things came crashing down last weekend when he threw four interceptions in the Jets’ 45-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Joe Flacco, whom the Jets traded to get back from the Philadelphia Eagles a few weeks ago, finished the game, going 3-for-3 with 47 yards and a touchdown. Apparently, that was enough for head coach Robert Saleh to decide it was time for the veteran to return to the starting role while they wait for Wilson.

As for why the Jets will start Flacco over White, the opponent also factors into the decision. According to Saleh, Flacco is expected to be more likely to be able to handle their “complex” defense.

Presumably, Wilson will be back soon to reclaim his starting role. But in the meantime, the return of Flacco-mania has plenty of Jets fans and NFL folks in their feelings.

The move also has to perk up the ears over in Philadelphia, where they have a vested interest in seeing Flacco play as much as possible.

Flacco and the Jets will get their day to prove that the strategy makes sense when they host the Dolphins at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday.

[Rich Cimini]

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Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.