Zach Wilson's home opener didn't go according to plan. He happened to join a laundry list of New York Jets rookie quarterbacks who've been tormented by Bill Belichick and the hated rival New England Patriots.
Perhaps the ghosts returned to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, as Wilson threw a ghastly four interceptions on his first 10 pass attempts in the Jets' 25-6 loss to the Patriots. An all-time clunker. And to make matters worse, Sam Darnold and the Carolina Panthers improved to 2-0, defeating the New Orleans Saints in Charlotte.
"I don't think there's buyer's remorse inside the [Jets] building. Maybe some fans will be feeling that way," NFL columnist Bob Glauber told The DA Show on Monday. "Quarterbacks who get away from Adam Gase seem to do better, and Darnold being the latest example of that, and Ryan Tannehill having a good run in Tennessee as well. I think it's early on that one. There was a little bit of that dynamic last week in Carolina, when Wilson lost the opener against Darnold.
"But most fans who see Wilson as the guy will be happy with his arm talent. It's still there. He's got inner-fortitude... It's certainly the worst imaginable getaway a team can have, with Darnold playing as well as he has. But you've got to give it a little bit more time for Jets fans to say, 'Oh my god, what's happening here.' But I'll tell you what, they've been through so much nonsense over the years, maybe that comes sooner rather than later."
Wilson, drafted No. 2 overall this year, finished the game with 19 completions (34 attempts) for 210 yards. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became just the third rookie in the past 40 years to have four interceptions in his first 10 attempts, and the first Jets player in 40 years to throw interceptions on his first two passes.
As for Darnold -- who was traded to Carolina by New York in April -- he threw for 305 yards on 26 of 38 passing with two touchdowns and one interception in the Panthers' 26-7 win. Last season, Darnold didn't have a single game in which he recorded 200 passing yards and two passing scores for the Jets. Sunday also marked the fourth-year starter's first 300-yard game since 2019.
New York (0-2) will visit the Denver Broncos (2-0) in a Week 3 matchup on Sunday, Sept. 26. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Jets currently have just a 4-percent chance to reach the AFC playoffs.
The entire NFL conversation between Glauber and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.