Bill Belichick found two nice words to say about Jets’ Zach Wilson

Bill Belichick had some nice things to say about Zach Wilson, but not too many.

Wilson has been receiving harsh criticism since Sunday’s 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, with the Jets now 1-1.

On Wednesday, Belichick, the longtime New England head coach, was asked about the challenges facing the Jets in Week 3. at the beginning of his press conference.

Belichick heaped praise on return man Xavier Gipson and his “disruptive” defense, citing CJ Mosley and Sauce Gardner in particular.

He also praised punter Thomas Morstead’s command ability.

He then had a word or two about Wilson, who has returned as the starting quarterback while Aaron Rodgers is likely out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

“Quite an athletic quarterback. We’ve seen him before,” Belichick said.

While the first half of this statement is debatable, the second half certainly is not. Wilson has faced the Patriots four times in his young NFL career.twice in 2021 and twice last year.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick praised Zach Wilson’s athleticism.

Zach Wilson runs with the football.
Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never beaten the Patriots.

In those games, Wilson has thrown a total of two touchdowns and seven interceptions, and has been sacked 11 times.

He completed just 50.9 percent of his passes against New England and had a QB rating of 50.6 against the Patriots.

Mac Jones and Zach Wilson embrace after the game.
Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (right) went 9-for-22 for 77 yards in last year’s Week 11 loss to the Patriots.

Bill Belichick on the sideline.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is looking for his first win of the season on Sunday.

Wilson’s worst performance against the Patriots came in Week 11 last year, a game the Jets lost 10-3.

Wilson completed just 9 of 22 passes for 77 yards, but when asked after the game if he had loosened up his defense, he answered sharply, “No.”

He was then benched and apologized to the team for his behavior.

Zach Wilson looks disappointed.
Zach Wilson has struggled with a QB rating of 50.6 in four games against the Patriots.

Belichick deflected questions about Rodgers, saying he wished he had a chance to plot against Rodgers, but was instead concerned about “who’s out there.”

The Patriots fell to 0-2 with narrow losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.

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