Kacy Rodgers
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As the New York Jets take on the Denver Broncos today, they do so without their defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers.

On Friday, Todd Bowles announced during his press conference that defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers might not be available to coach this Sunday due to an illness.

In his article earlier today on CBS Sports, Jared Dublin shared Todd Bowles’s comments.

“Coach Rodgers couldn’t do his interviews today because he is ill of a nature we can’t discuss right now,” Bowles said, per the Jets’ official website. “We’ll see going forward where he is, and go from there, so he won’t be here today and he was not at practice.”

Earlier today, NFL.com writer Mike Garafolo sent out a tweet stating that the illness is of a serious nature and that there is no timetable for his return.


Entering Sunday’s game against the Broncos at home, the Jets defense struggled the last six quarters under Rodgers, allowing scoring drives on nine of their last 18 defensive drives. Over those six quarters, the Jets have allowed 705 total yards and 47 points.

Overall the Jets defense ranks 13th in the NFL entering Week 5 in points allowed with 89 and 12th overall in yards allowed with 1,422. They have been very good and forcing turnovers, however, they rank third in the NFL forcing 10 takeaways.

Rodgers is in his fourth season as defensive coordinator with the Jets. He attended Tennessee in college and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1992. Rodgers attended training camp with the Steelers and retired from playing in 1994 after a short stint with the Shreveport Pirates in the CFL.

All of us here at Elite Sports NY wish the best for Kacy Rodgers. It is at times like this when we need to put sports in its proper perspective. All of our prayers and best wishes go out to Rodgers and his family as we wish him a speedy recovery.

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