Jets are sticking with Zach Wilson regardless of the quarterback’s struggles


“It begins with me,” the third-year quarterback stated. “I’ve obtained to discover a approach to be higher.”

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) is sacked by New England Patriots linebacker Josh Uche (55) and linebacker Matthew Judon (9) in the course of the first quarter of an NFL soccer recreation, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Picture/Adam Starvation) AP

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The climate was ugly. The New York Jets’ offense was worse.

Zach Wilson couldn’t do a lot towards the New England Patriots in a 15-10 loss on a wet Sunday that was full of missed alternatives, not sufficient performs and loads of boos.

“It’s powerful,” Wilson stated. “We weren’t doing something on offense. … A number of frustration by all people on offense.”

The Jets went 2 for 14 on third down, per week after going 1 for 10 in these conditions in a 30-10 loss at Dallas. New York was outgained 358 yards to 171 by New England, and had simply 12 first downs and averaged a measly 2.8 yards per play whereas dropping its fifteenth straight assembly with its AFC East rival.

“Total, it simply wasn’t adequate, from teaching to the gamers to all of it,” coach Robert Saleh stated.

The protection wasn’t with out fault, both, particularly after permitting New England to realize 358 yards and go 8 of 19 on third downs. However the Jets additionally held the Patriots to fifteen factors and made some massive stops late.

“You say in case you hand over lower than 20, you need to win the sport,” Saleh stated. “And so they gave up lower than 20, too.”

Wilson, making his second begin rather than the injured Aaron Rodgers, was 18 of 36 for 157 yards. He didn’t have any interceptions, however couldn’t get the offense shifting a lot. He confronted heavy stress all through, enjoying behind a shuffled offensive line.

“It begins with me,” the third-year quarterback stated. “I’ve obtained to discover a approach to be higher.”

And he’ll proceed to get that likelihood. Saleh stated the Jets are sticking with Wilson subsequent Sunday evening towards Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

“Yeah, he’s wonderful,” Saleh stated of Wilson.

That probably gained’t sit effectively with most Jets followers, who have been excited coming into this season with Rodgers main the staff — solely to be deflated 4 performs into the four-time NFL MVP’s debut with New York in Week 1 after he tore his left Achilles tendon.

“Even with Aaron at quarterback, we knew that there was going to be some hiccups alongside the best way due to the brand new offense, new play caller, new O-line, simply new gamers everywhere in the offensive aspect of the ball,” Saleh stated. “And now you’ve obtained this curveball that was caught to us. And they also’re acclimating and so they’re they’re going to get higher, however it’s nonetheless very early within the season.”

However for a staff that had Tremendous Bowl aspirations with Rodgers coming into the season, issues have taken a fast flip.

Through the loss Sunday, TV cameras caught working again Michael Carter arguing on the sideline along with his place coach Taylor Embree. Carter later stated he must preserve his “cool” higher on sideline and the 2 talked issues out.

In the meantime, vast receiver Garrett Wilson was seen having what gave the impression to be a heated dialog with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on the sideline.

“Irritating that we’re not shifting the ball,” final season’s AP Offensive Rookie of the Yr stated.

He completed with 5 catches for 48 yards, with 29 of them approaching the ultimate drive.

“I really feel like I’m in a very great spot so far as my skill and I don’t really feel like I’ve been in a position to put that on show,” the receiver stated. “And that’s for a number of causes.”

He stated he nonetheless helps his quarterback, and Saleh insists he’s not involved about potential issues arising along with his staff by persevering with to have Zach Wilson begin.

“I’m not anxious in regards to the locker room,” Saleh stated. “We’ve obtained an excellent locker room. We’ll be wonderful.”

Added tight finish Tyler Conklin: “Our massive factor is ignoring you guys just a little bit. And the media goes to place the blame on the quarterback and we’re going to let him know we’ve obtained his again and it’s not on him.”

Profession backup Tim Boyle stays the one quarterback on the Jets’ energetic roster, so a number of different names have been floated as potential targets for New York to switch Wilson.

Saleh wouldn’t deal with that, however added of his choice to start out Wilson: “He’s who offers us the most effective likelihood to win. In order that’s principally the cleanest reply I may provide you with.”

However the boos at house may start to succeed in a fever pitch if Wilson continues to wrestle and the Jets preserve dropping.

“Maintain believing, man,” Wilson stated he’d inform followers. “I actually consider we’ve obtained the blokes. We’re going to maintain doing every little thing we will to get higher. We perceive the frustrations.

“It’s not enjoyable to go three-and-out. It’s not enjoyable to not set up drives and play soccer and rating touchdowns. We perceive that. We’re doing every little thing we will. We’re going to get higher.”