It was a silly question, to be frank. A reporter asked Zach Wilson if he felt like he left his defense down in New England, as if he is supposed to get down on his knees and beg for his teammates’ forgiveness in front of the media.
It was a worse answer. Wilson may have not wanted to play the dog-and-pony show after a devastating loss — one where his “offense” generated two net yards after halftime — but his curt “no” isn’t going to make anybody happy. The fans are raving. The reporters are sharpening their knives. And his teammates are watching. The dreaded “sources” told SNY Wilson was “walking around after the game ‘like he isn’t the problem,’” and that it “rubbed more than a few the wrong way.” Garrett Wilson cryptically called for a “wake-up (call) for some people in the facility.”
The lack of accountability in front of the media is one thing. Wilson’s teammates might understand if he were simply perturbed in front of the press. But in the locker room? After that start? Wilson can still afford to lose some games. He can’t afford to lose his teammates. That is when the former becomes untenable.
Wilson’s career isn’t quite yet dead in the ditch. His recent four-game stretch of unspeakable play has come against genuinely elite defenses. The Pats, whom Wilson has faced twice in four weeks, are ranked first in defensive EPA. The Broncos are second. The Bills, whom the Jets beat, are 10th. He’s also missing key pieces of his supporting cast. The scaffolding that was going up against Wilson had to be abruptly torn down when Breece Hall tore his ACL. Corey Davis (knee) isn’t playing. Elijah Moore is checking out.
But there is no real excuse for completing just 55.6 percent of your passes as a second-year starter, or generating four passing scores in seven games. Joe Flacco or Mike White could do better than that. With the Jets at 6-4 but fourth in the division, the pressure to indeed let Flacco or White do better than that will only…
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Author : NBC Sports EDGE
Publish date : 2022-11-21 18:16:06
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