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Zach Wilson should be begging to get another Jets start

Coach Robert Saleh is expected to name the Jets’ starting quarterback on Wednesday for Sunday’s game against the Texans at MetLife Stadium.

BREAKING: The Jets’ beleaguered head coach doesn’t have many players to choose from.

This is similar to choosing dog or cat food for dinner.

And on Tuesday, the team fired Tim Boyle, also known as Aaron Rodgers’ friend, after two memorable starts, including being benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 13-8 loss to the Falcons. As such, Zach Wilson is widely expected to be the Jets’ starter.

But if Wilson had agreed to suit up and play, as ridiculous as that might sound.

The news came out on Monday From The Athletic Sources said Wilson had already been benched three times and was reluctant to play because he was concerned about getting injured playing for a team that was virtually certain not to return in 2024. .

There were also hints that Wilson’s nose may have been crooked and out of shape from sitting on the bench — he has just six touchdown passes and seven interceptions in nine starts this season. , despite having a career record of 11 wins and 20 losses.

Zach Wilson pitched on the field before the Jets lost 13-8 to the Falcons. Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

Saleh spoke cautiously but did not shoot down the report on Monday afternoon. But he made it clear that Wilson came to say, “I want the ball,” and that he believes he is the best quarterback to lead the team.

Sadly, Wilson is right. Boyle’s nomination as a hopeful “spark” was anathema. Things were even worse for Trevor Siemian, who replaced Boyle in the fourth quarter Sunday. Journeyman Brett Rypien was taken off the Seahawks’ practice squad on Tuesday, becoming the fifth quarterback on the roster this season.

What a mess – a career both disastrous and disappointing, both at the organizational level and for Wilson.

If there’s any truth to the Athletic report — and the reporters who reported it are reliable journalists — this could spell death for Wilson’s career. Because no player in any locker room wants to play with or root for a player who quit.

If Wilson had any doubts about whether he wanted the ball on Sunday, he’d be out of the Jets’ locker room (if he even had the ball in the first place), and he’d be in no position to earn the Jets’ trust. It’s going to be difficult. If another team signs him, he won’t be able to go to any other NFL locker room.

Things like this sting the players. they don’t go away.

Zach Wilson’s tenure with the Jets was filled with difficult moments. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Contrary to that report, if it’s true and not from an inside source trying to sabotage Wilson, then he’s likely to play even harder to try to erase all of his poor play thus far. should be begging for playing time.

If Wilson is indeed named the starter and agrees to sit out, he should see this as an opportunity to rebuild his confidence, standing on the team and reputation, but not necessarily in that order.

This could be a chance to revive his fledgling career and prove himself as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft.

But realistically, Wilson, who plays at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, could be a potential player given how upset Jets fans are already at the team’s 4-8 record and five straight losses that dashed their playoff hopes. It represents a scene that is harmful to people.

After the Jets loss, Zach Wilson exchanged words with Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder and smiled. Getty Images

On top of that, most Jets fans have long since lost faith in Wilson, and they’ve turned their attention to Houston quarterback C.J. Stroud, who was drafted No. 2 overall last April and is having an MVP season. There is also the fact that there are.

And given the reports that he is reportedly hesitant to play, Sunday could be a very ugly day for Wilson and the Jets.

Jets players have Monday and Tuesday off, so Wilson won’t be able to publicly defend himself from the report until Wednesday. Most likely, he will prepare himself and cope with the situation. Otherwise, the confusion will only get worse.

Rodgers, who has been a huge supporter of Wilson since the moment he became a Jet, aggressively defended Wilson on his weekly appearance on ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday, calling The Athletic’s coverage “the nitty-gritty.” “It’s chicken.”

Aaron Rodgers speaks with Zach Wilson. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“When you try to use a source to assassinate someone, like in Zack’s reporting, I have a very hard time with that,” Rogers said. “Essentially, it’s like saying this kid quits and doesn’t want to play, he’s giving the organization a middle finger.”

Almost every Jets fan right now wants to flip the bird on the entire organization.

Sunday looks like it’s going to be a fun day.

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