It’s obviously fair to criticize Zach Wilson for his underwhelming showing Sunday, but at a certain point you have to wonder why the Jets insisted on continuing to trot him out there.
In a 10-3 loss, Wilson was just 9-for-22 in the air for 77 yards with no touchdowns. His postgame press conference didn’t help his cause, as his inability to take accountability has been roundly criticized. Now, Robert Saleh is leaving the door open for someone else to play Sunday against the Bears.
The Patriots didn’t win until the final seconds, so a victory was within reach for New York all afternoon. Audacy NFL insider Brian Baldinger said on the “In the Huddle” podcast that he was shocked Wilson didn’t get pulled during the game.
“I don’t like to just rip young players, but that was a terrible performance. And I’m almost surprised that they didn’t pull him during the game," Baldinger said. "The Patriots are moving the ball but are missing field goals and getting stopped on fourth down. In a game that’s 3-3, I was surprised that they stayed with him, because it was clear he wasn’t going to pull the trigger when he had to.”
With each performance, it becomes more and more clear that Wilson simply cannot make plays from the pocket. Some of that falls on Saleh and Mike LaFleur for not scheming in a way that puts Wilson in a position for success, but at the same time the second-year quarterback is coming up short on plays any NFL signal-caller should be able to make.
Mike White and Joe Flacco are the Jets’ two options if they go away from Wilson. White had some encouraging flashes when he took over last season when Wilson was hurt, and Flacco had a couple sharp showings earlier this year.
At this point, the drop-off between Wilson and New York’s two other options can’t be that big.