After throwing for just 77 yards in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots, New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson was asked if he felt he let the defense down — he said ” no.”
Well, that one word pushed Jets brass over the edge to the point where they’re benching the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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Wilson spoke to reporters on Wednesday and took full ownership of not only his questionable comments, but also his poor play.
“It’s hard, man, it’s never fun,” Wilson said when asked about losing his job. “But the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘I’ve got to go to work. I’ve got to get better.’ I’m going to get to it every single day, just keep working to get better.”
Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters earlier Wednesday that Wilson wasn’t happy with the decision, but the QB himself admitted he wasn’t surprised.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say surprised, because I’m not doing my job. Of course, I wouldn’t want to agree with the decision and everything, but it comes down to me having to play better.” They said.
Mike White will start Sunday against the Chicago Bears (and Justin Fields, who the Jets traded for Wilson) — but Saleh expects that to be temporary.
“Zach’s career is not over here. I know that’s going to be the narrative, I know that’s what everybody wants to say and it’s not even close,” Saleh said. , via SNY. “The intention, the absolute intention, is to make sure Zach gets back on the football field at some point this year. When it is, I’m going to make that decision and take it day by day.”
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Wilson’s postgame comments didn’t go down well in the locker room — Saleh even admitted that 52 other players were “irritated.” The 22-year-old QB addressed the team and apologized, admitting that the criticism he received about his lack of leadership was “deserved.”
“The way I handled the situation wasn’t good. I’ve got to be a better football player, and then I’ve got to be a better leader for these guys,” Wilson said. “I have a chance to turn the page here as a player and as a leader to be able to step up and be 100 percent here for my guys and handle things the right way.”
Wilson also said Addressing his colleagues “That was the only thing I could think about the last two days,” and want to move on to the mistake.
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“I’m just looking forward to the future and from this event how I can grow as a person, as a leader, as a teammate with my guys and handle things the right way. . An opportunity, a humbling opportunity, for me to put my head down and work harder.”
Wilson will be inactive Sunday — with Joe Flacco backing up.