After throwing for simply 77 yards in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots, New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson was requested if he felt he let the protection down – he mentioned “no.”
Properly, that one phrase pushed Jets brass over the sting to the purpose the place they’re benching the second overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Wilson spoke to reporters on Wednesday and took full possession of not solely his questionable feedback however his dangerous play as nicely.
“It’s powerful, man, it’s by no means enjoyable,” Wilson mentioned when requested about dropping his job. “However the very first thing that kinda went to my thoughts was, ‘I gotta get to work. I gotta get higher.’ I’m gonna strategy that each single day, simply maintain working to get higher.”
Jets head coach Robert Saleh informed reporters earlier Wednesday that Wilson was not thrilled in regards to the resolution, however the QB himself admitted he wasn’t shocked.
“I wouldn’t say essentially shocked, as a result of I haven’t been doing my job. In fact, I want to not agree with the choice and all the things, but it surely comes right down to I gotta play higher,” he said.
Mike White will get the beginning on Sunday towards the Chicago Bears (and Justin Fields, whom the Jets handed on for Wilson) – however Saleh expects that to be non permanent.
“Zach’s profession right here is just not over. I do know that’s going to be the narrative, I do know that’s what everybody desires to shout out and that’s not even near the case,” Saleh mentioned, via SNY. “The intent, the complete intent, is to verify Zach will get again on the soccer subject in some unspecified time in the future this 12 months. When that’s, I’m going to make that call and take it day-to-day.”
Wilson’s publish recreation feedback didn’t go over nicely within the locker room – Saleh even admitted there was “irritation” among the many 52 different gamers. The 22-year-old QB addressed the group and apologized, acknowledging that the criticism he obtained about lack of management was “deserved.”
“The best way that I dealt with the scenario wasn’t proper. I gotta be a greater soccer participant, after which I gotta be a greater chief to those guys,” Wilson mentioned. “I’ve a possibility to show the web page right here as a participant and as a pacesetter to have the ability to take a step ahead and be capable of be right here 100% for my guys and be capable of deal with the scenario proper.”
Wilson additionally mentioned addressing his teammates “was the one factor I might consider the final couple of days,” and needs to maneuver ahead from the error.
“I’m simply trying ahead to the long run and from this occasion how I can develop as an individual, as a pacesetter, as a teammate to be there for my guys and simply deal with issues the fitting method. That is going to be alternative, a humbling alternative, for me to place my head down and work more durable.”
Wilson can be inactive Sunday – Joe Flacco would be the backup.