AFC East Reporter
The New York Jets can say what they want about benching quarterback Zach Wilson. Coach Robert Saleh can say that Wilson’s career isn’t over in New York. And Saleh can point to Geno Smith’s resurgence as an example of the twists and turns that a career can take.
But I’m not buying it.
Wilson’s benching is the beginning of the end for him and the Jets.
New York will turn to Mike White to start on Sunday against the Bears. At some point this season, we might see Wilson again. He is, after all, a supreme talent. The Jets picked him at No. 2 overall, and just 19 months later, they’ve benched him. It’s too early to write the eulogy for his career. And it’s possible that talent will prove alluring again if White and Joe Flacco flop in relief of Wilson.
But it’s hard to imagine Wilson ever winning back the starting job for good. He may get it for a day or a few weeks. He won’t win back this organization to be The Guy. The Jets were fed up with him. He can’t reverse that.
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They’d been avoiding relying on him in the offense. At crucial moments, they did everything they could to keep Wilson out of the picture.
Against the Buffalo Bills in Week 9, Wilson quarterbacked a game-winning drive that concluded with a field goal from Greg Zuerlein. But it’s in bad faith to say that Wilson truly led the drive. That go-ahead drive came as a product of the ground game, with nine rushes from the running backs for 55 yards and just one throw on the drive from Wilson to Garrett Wilson for 12 yards. It was a good throw and a third-down conversion.
But the fact that Zach Wilson attempted only one pass on the most crucial drive? That said something. The team didn’t trust its quarterback — especially…
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Publish date : 2022-11-23 17:17:56
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