The New York Jets have spent the better part of five decades trying to replace Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. The ongoing endeavor has met with varying degrees of success, though no one has been able to fill Joe Willie’s white cleats capably enough to lead the NYJ to their first championship – one famously guaranteed by Namath – since that seismic defeat of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl 3 to cap the 1968 season.
That brings us to the latest would-be gang leader in green, Zach Wilson. He hasn’t even completed two NFL seasons but is already strongly trending toward Wannabe Wilson and away from Broadway Zach.
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The nadir may have come Sunday, when Wilson followed up a horrid performance on the field (9 of 22 passing for 77 yards, which doesn’t really do justice to his ineffectiveness) with a worse one at the podium – when he took little accountability for his poor outing, cited windy conditions that didn’t seem to bother New England Patriots counterpart and 2021 draftmate Mac Jones (a far less talented athlete than Wilson) all that much and didn’t take the opportunity to apologize to a dominant defense that was the only reason the Jets hung around before dropping a 10-3 contest to the Pats for New York’s 14th consecutive loss to their bitter AFC East “rivals.”
New York Jets QB Zach Wilson barely generated any offense during Sunday’s loss at New England.
In fact, the Jets were swept (again) by New England this year even though the defense surrendered one touchdown in two games. That’s largely because Wilson was nearly as bad in Week 8 at the Meadowlands, serving up three mostly horrible interceptions (and 355 yards and two TDs, to be fair) in a 22-17 defeat.
Jets coach Robert Saleh had unfailingly stood by the No. 2 overall pick of the 2021 draft, even saying after Sunday’s debacle, “Zach’s our quarterback and we’re going to, we’ve got to find ways to help him get better” – that even…
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Author : USA TODAY Sports
Publish date : 2022-11-23 05:32:53
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