Robert Saleh 'not committed' to Zach Wilson as Jets' starting quarterback against Bears

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(WFAN) Bears quarterback Justin Fields' status against the Jets on Sunday is uncertain due to a left shoulder injury, and it appears his fellow 2021 draftee might not be under center on the other side either.

In a press conference that was delayed nearly two hours from his usual Monday time slot, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he is “not committing to Zach Wilson” to be New York's starting quarterback Sunday, adding that the team is keeping “everything on the table.”

“Just been dealing with so many different things right now, but we’re going to get to the tape and evaluate everything, and I’ll leave it at we’re keeping everything on the table over the next few days,” Saleh said, adding he wouldn’t commit to Wilson “until I’m done evaluating everything.”

Wilson came under fire Sunday for his putrid performance, as he was 9-for-22 for 77 yards and led the Jets to just two yards in the second half. He drew even more ire for what was perceived as his cockiness at the postgame press conference in discussing the performance.

"Obviously, football is an emotional game and I won't shy away from the fact that I think he is the ultimate competitor and works as hard as anybody," Saleh said. "Could he be a little better when he's on the podium in terms of the expectation that it's our job to own it? Yeah, of course he can, but I don't think it's indicative of how he feels about his team or teammates. I don't think he is naïve to the fact that offense wasn't played to the best of their ability. I don't think that's what he was trying to convey, but obviously, he can be a little better, and I think he'll be better for it."

Several Jets players, both during and after the game, seemed to call out issues on the team's offense, but Saleh doesn’t think Wilson has lost the locker room after Sunday.

“Those guys talk to each other all the time, but I don’t think so," Saleh said. "I think these guys understand and players have empathy for each other. They know how hard this job is and understand it all, and let he who is without sin cast the first stone. We all make mistakes. Is it a mistake for Zach? Sure. Is it something he will get better from? Absolutely.”

Whoever gets the nod, the Jets will make a decision by the time practice kicks into high gear Wednesday, and it’s going to be an exhaustive 36-hour process, according to Saleh.

“All hands on deck with the coaching staff, just going through the tape and trying to figure out what’s best for this organization,” Saleh said. “It’s something we have to find an answer to, and we have to find an answer by Wednesday.”

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