Despite the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the New York Jets 23-20 on Sunday Night Football, in front of a stable of celebrities, which included Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Hugh Jackman, what everyone was talking about after the game was the heroics of embattled Jets quarterback, Zach Wilson, who nearly brought his struggling team back to defeat the Super Bowl champions.
But longtime NBC analyst and Super Bowl champion himself, Rodney Harrison didn’t see it that way, and was critical of Wilson following the game and during his interview with Chiefs defensive stand out Chris Jones.
“Looking at this tape, you got to be looking at this guy and saying ‘he’s garbage, we should be tearing him apart.”
But Jones complimented Wilson saying “This dude is special. You just got to give him time.”
“Wait, wait, wait. Did you say Zach Wilson is special?” Harrison asked and continued to be critical of the Jets play caller. “He’s not special.”
Social media disagreed and Harrison started trending under a negative sentiment.
This is NOT the way to conduct an interview when talking about people.
NBC's Rodney Harrison called Zach Wilson "Garbage" in the post-game and tried to bait #Chiefs DT Chris Jones into agreeing with him.
Felt almost personal.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 2, 2023
Rodney Harrison tried to bait Chris Jones into saying something bad about Zach Wilson
Chris Jones instead used the opportunity to praise Zach Wilson for his performance tonight.
Respect to Chris Jones.
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) October 2, 2023
Rodney Harrison being such a ridiculous hater that he’s doing Zach Wilson a favor. He fucked around and made Zach Wilson an endearing figure. I’m sure we’ve all said he was trash at one point or another but this felt so forced and borderline personal. pic.twitter.com/PxOs5Uot6y
— Unbiased Ev (@DoubleVodkaDon) October 2, 2023
— Jets Today (@NYJetsToday_) October 2, 2023
got a lot of respect for Chris Jones not leaning into where Rodney Harrison was clearly trying to take this topic. unprofessional comments from an analyst, but a respectable reaction from Jones pic.twitter.com/PoTGnX8V4j
— Jack Stollow (@jetsbyjack) October 2, 2023
Respect for Chris Jones is through the roof. Rodney Harrison in the toilet. pic.twitter.com/BDaLgdpLOt
— ThatsGoodSports (@BrandonPerna) October 2, 2023
Wow.. Rodney Harrison hasn’t looked this bad since Tyree dunked on him pic.twitter.com/KbZBrAjPPT
— New York Revival (@NewYorkRevival) October 2, 2023
Rodney Harrison should be embarrassed after this. So unprofessional. There’s a difference between honest football commentary and disrespect, and this is immature and disrespectful. pic.twitter.com/SQYeISNjeo
— David Nevil (@DNevil09) October 2, 2023
So much respect for Chris Jones after this. Rodney Harrison however, keep my quarterbacks name out your mouth. pic.twitter.com/ENiOCRqyYW
— Blake (@blakenyjets) October 2, 2023
Rodney Harrison was a dirty player and he’s a 🗑️ commentator…….
— MAC (@the_ag_fox_1971) October 2, 2023
This so awful by Rodney Harrison & did this thinking Chris Jones was going to go along with him. Respect for Chris Jones praising Zach Wilson.
— Grace (@gracesporttakes) October 2, 2023
Chris Jones praises Zach Wilson, but Rodney Harrison is not having any of it.
Wilson had a great game, and hopefully, the kid keeps it going 🍻 pic.twitter.com/xKtdXH3k44
— Bottoms Up Sports (@bottomsupsport) October 2, 2023
Rodney Harrison is the biggest loser. I can't believe he has me defending Zach Wilson but this was so forced and good for Chris Jones not falling into his trap pic.twitter.com/CS7r9m5xoN
— Marty Mush (@martymush) October 2, 2023
If there were some positives from this conversation, it was that Chris Jones was lauded for not picking on Wilson and taking the higher road.
It’s also an encouraging site for Jets fans to see their culture sticking up for their quarterback after the season they’ve had.
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