The New York Jets have found themselves facing quarterback woes once again, this time with the underwhelming performance of Zach Wilson. In their recent 32-6 loss against the Buffalo Bills, Wilson was pulled from the game with 2:17 remaining in the third quarter due to his ineffective play. This has raised questions about his future as the team’s starting quarterback and the potential for a change in the coming game against the Miami Dolphins.
An Unimpressive Performance
Against the Bills, Wilson completed just 7 of 15 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, with an interception. Since replacing Aaron Rodgers in the season opener, Wilson has struggled to produce consistent results. However, it is important to note that the issues the Jets are facing extend beyond Wilson’s performance alone. Missed protections, dropped balls, and missed routes have plagued the offense as a whole, making it unfair to solely blame the young quarterback for the team’s struggles.
A Decision for Coach Robert Saleh
Coach Robert Saleh now faces the challenge of making a decision on the team’s quarterback situation. He could turn to journeyman Tim Boyle, who replaced Wilson in the game against the Bills, or promote veteran Trevor Siemian from the practice squad. Saleh has been noncommittal regarding Wilson’s status, stating that he will make a decision after reviewing the game tape. The fate of the No. 2 quarterback is normally not a major news story, but in Wilson’s case, the decision could have significant implications for the organization’s long-term plans.
The Jets had initially envisioned Wilson as the successor to Aaron Rodgers in a year or two. However, if the team chooses to once again demote Wilson, it may signal the end of his time in New York. While clearly frustrated with the benching, Wilson recognized the need for change after consecutive games of offensive struggles. The short week leading up to the game against the Dolphins may affect Saleh’s decision, given the limited preparation time for a new quarterback.
The Jets’ offensive issues extend beyond the quarterback position. Against the Bills, the team committed three turnovers, allowed six sacks, produced only 155 total yards, and failed to convert a single third-down opportunity. They did manage to score a touchdown, ending a 40-drive drought without finding the end zone. However, the overall performance of the offense has been abysmal this season, with just nine offensive touchdowns in 10 games.
In an attempt to address their offensive struggles, the Jets made several changes leading up to the game against the Bills. Third-down back Michael Carter was cut, and the offense held a players-only meeting. Additionally, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was moved from the field to the booth. However, none of these changes translated into improved performance on the field. Even standout wide receiver Garrett Wilson had a rough game, losing a fumble and dropping a pass. The offense as a whole continues to struggle, leaving the team searching for answers.
A Disastrous Defensive Display
While the offensive struggles have taken the spotlight, the Jets’ normally stout defense also had a rough game against the Bills. They allowed Josh Allen to throw for 275 yards and three touchdowns, indicating that all three phases of the game were not performing well. The defense, however, remains hopeful and acknowledges the need for improvement from the beginning of the game, rather than relying on late heroics to secure victories.
The Potential Fallout for Zach Wilson
Considering his low ranking of 30th out of 31 quarterbacks in Total QBR, along with six touchdown passes and seven interceptions, Zach Wilson’s future as the Jets’ starting quarterback is uncertain. The offense has struggled in critical areas such as third downs and the red zone. Wilson acknowledges the need for improvement and recognizes that changes may be necessary, both on his part and within the team as a whole.
As the Jets prepare for their upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins, the quarterback decision looms large. Coach Robert Saleh will need to carefully evaluate the options available to him and make a decision that will best benefit the team moving forward. Whether it is sticking with Wilson, turning to Tim Boyle, or promoting Trevor Siemian, the Jets must find a way to turn around their struggling offense and get back on the path to success. The fate of the quarterback position hangs in the balance, and only time will tell how this decision will impact the future of the New York Jets.