All these things are true about the New York Jets:
• They are a rebuilding team.
• The success of their rebuild depends greatly on Zach Wilson, the second pick of the 2020 NFL draft, becoming a top-end quarterback.
• Their 6-4 start this season is well ahead of schedule, and while it is a great sign, the Jets are still in a multi-year build toward being a Super Bowl contender. They are a playoff contender, however.
• Wilson is not playing well enough for a team that is a playoff contender.
How do you reconcile all of that if you’re the Jets? It’s a situation the Jets can’t ignore anymore after Sunday.
The Jets had a really bad 10-3 loss on Sunday to the New England Patriots. There was a wild punt return touchdown by the Patriots in the final seconds, the first punt return touchdown in the NFL this season. There’s nothing wrong with losing on the road in the NFL, even on a heartbreaking play like that. The subpar play of their quarterback is what made the loss truly alarming.
Wilson was terrible against the Patriots. He had 77 yards on 22 attempts and missed badly on many throws. It’s not like Wilson had played well before Sunday. He has four touchdowns and five interceptions in seven starts. He has averaged 182.7 yards per game with a miserable 72.6 passer rating. The Jets have been winning, but they’ve done so by hiding their quarterback. They needed Wilson to make one play on Sunday to win, and he couldn’t do it. He has a long way to go to be the quarterback the Jets need, for this season and for the future.
There was plenty of drama around Wilson’s awful day. Rookie receiver Garrett Wilson ripped the offense and while he didn’t mention Wilson by name, it’s impossible to criticize the offense without implicating Wilson. Some defensive players were reportedly not happy that Wilson didn’t take much accountability for his poor play after the loss. A couple Jets defensive players liked tweets ripping Wilson, and you can decide for yourself if you believe their…
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Publish date : 2022-11-22 05:40:33
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