East Rutherford, N.J. (Audacy Sports/WGR 550) - The New York Jets are in a bit of a sticky situation at quarterback, to say the least.
Zach Wilson, the second overall pick from last year’s draft, has been benched in favor of Mike White, who some think could be the Jets’ franchise quarterback after an impressive showing against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
White threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-28 passing in the 31-10 win in the pouring rain at MetLife Stadium.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh maintains that the situation is fluid with Wilson and White both competing for the job, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. All signs point to them moving forward with White, and perhaps they would even turn back to veteran Joe Flacco before the young Wilson.
NFL insider Jason La Canfora of the Audacy Original Podcast “In The Huddle” gave his thoughts on the Jets’ quarterback situation, saying that Wilson “doesn’t have a future” in New York.
“This is not nearly as week-to-week as Robert Saleh would paint it,” La Canfora said. “They’re going to give Mike White some time – even if Mike White didn’t play a dominant football game against the Bears – considering how little he played since he’s been in the league, frankly, he needed more than a couple of games.
“And honestly, if this thing goes off the rails a couple weeks from now because of injury or whatever – the buggy turns into a pumpkin or whatever – I think they go to Joe Flacco. I don’t think they go back to Wilson. I don’t think that’s tenable.”
Flacco started the first three games of the season for the Jets, competing 58% of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions. His lone win was by one point in Cleveland over the Browns, with home losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals bookending his short stint under center.
Wilson then took over and led the Jets to four-straight wins, despite some iffy play. He threw for just one touchdown pass with two interceptions in those first four starts.
The second-year quarterback was benched after the Jets’ Week 11 loss in New England against the Patriots, in which he completed just 9-of-22 passes, moreover he didn’t take accountability after the game.
Even if Wilson does what’s necessary to gain some favor back in the locker room, it may not matter.
“I don’t think it’s going to matter, because he doesn’t have a future there,” La Canfora said. “Everybody’s saying what they got to say now because they’re in the middle of a playoff chase.”
The 7-4 Jets are just one game back of both the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills at 8-3 on the year. The AFC East is within reach, and New York is currently in a playoff spot.
No matter what happens, La Canfora believes that Wilson’s time in New York is over.
“He lost his job to Mike effing White, you think he wants to be there? No. No! His agents say ‘You took this kid second overall and that’s the look you gave him? That’s how little you believe in him?’ No. It’s over. I don’t know what they get for him, but it’s over,” he said. “He’s not a part of their immediate future and their immediate future’s everything, and in the offseason, both sides are going to have a bunch of reasons why they should move on.”
Hear more from La Canfora in the latest episode of the “In The Huddle” podcast available in the player below: