Jets coach Robert Saleh declined to commit to Zach Wilson as the team’s starter for this week’s game against the Chicago Bears when he spoke to reporters on Monday. Here’s what you need to know:
- The Jets are coming off a 10-3 loss to the Patriots, in which Wilson completed just nine of 22 passes for 77 yards.
- Wilson was asked after that loss if he felt he’d let his defense down to which he replied: “No.”
- When asked about quarterbacks for this weekend’s matchup Saleh said: “We’re keeping everything on the table.”
Wilson and the Jets were limited to just two yards of offense in the second half of Sunday’s loss which dropped them to 6-4 on the season.
While not committing to Wilson on Monday, Saleh did say he thought the second-year quarterback was “the ultimate competitor.”
“He wants to win as much as anybody,” he said. “It means so much to him. Can he be better in front of you guys? … of course he can. But I don’t think it’s indicative of how he feels.”
Why Wilson is in danger of getting benched
By just about every metric, Wilson ranks as one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season. He’s only thrown four touchdowns in seven games, and his performance in two losses to the Patriots are ultimately what has the Jets considering sending him to the bench. Since 2000, 95 drafted QBs have started at least 20 games. Wilson ranks 92nd of 95 in EPA per drop back through 20 starts.
The Jets defense has been stellar this season and it’s clear the offense is holding them back. They held the Patriots to three points on defense on Sunday but still lost because Wilson and the offense could only muster two yards in the second half. If the Jets have a base level of competence at quarterback, they have the ability to compete to make the playoffs and contend with just about anyone. —Zack Rosenblatt
Who would play if Wilson is benched
It’s unclear if the Jets will turn to Mike White or Joe Flacco, although Saleh did elevate White to No. 2 a few weeks ago. Flacco went 1-2 as a starter earlier this season and has a lot of experience. White flashed both the good (a historic debut in a win against the Bengals) and the bad (four interceptions against the Bills) filling in for Wilson last season. — Rosenblatt
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