Hulking Aussie Jordan Mailata had murderous intentions on Saturday after New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams delivered a boneheaded moment.
Williams hit Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts out of bounds on a third-down play in the first quarter that drew a penalty flag and the ire of Eagles coach Nick Sirianni.
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On third-and-5 at the Jets’ 35-yard-line, Hurts scrambled toward the Jets’ sideline. He clearly was out of bounds when Williams drilled him. Sirianni was incensed and walked onto the field, screaming in the direction of the Jets sideline and head coach Robert Saleh. Hurts was not injured and continued the drive, which ended with him throwing a 22-yard touchdown to Dallas Goedert.
Saleh was not happy with Williams and said he spoke to Sirianni after the game, a 24-21 Jets win, about the play.
“Egregiously awful by Quincy,” Saleh said. “He knows that. He knows better. Those are the plays Quincy has to get out of his game if he wants to become the linebacker that we all think he can be.”
Mailata, the Eagles left tackle, was quick to remonstrate with Williams as the monster came storming in and let him know about it.
NBCS Philadelphia journalist Dave Zangaro wrote: “Jordan Mailata said he was “seeing red” when Jalen Hurts took that shot on the sideline. He wouldn’t repeat what he said at the moment.”
The hit left fans watching on incensed as the angry reactions flooded in towards Williams and his horror shot.
The Jets will be sweating on the outcome of their own quarterback after Zach Wilson went down on the second drive of the game.
Wilson scrambled and went down with no contact, leaving many to fear he had torn his ACL which would end his season before it even officially begins.
“I’m always concerned until you get the final evaluation,” Saleh said. “We’ve walked off the field with very positive thoughts and it’s been opposite. We’ve walked off the field with bad initial readings and it’s been the opposite. I’m just going to let it play out and we’ll see.”
– with NY Post