On draft night in 2021, when the euphoric powers in the Jets' war room called the new face of the franchise, you could almost hear Zach Wilson smiling on the other end. Ta.
“Remember, dude. This is the same game you used to play when you were seven years old.”
It was GM Joe Douglas.
“I give everything I got to you.”
That was Zach Wilson.
“This organization will lift you up, not the other way around.”
That was coach Robert Saleh.
“You'll love it here.”
It was team owner Woody Johnson.
Now, here they all stand, preparing for another winter of discontent. After 3 years of marriage, we have 5 games left in our failed marriage.
Everything and Almost Everything That Happened to Wilson have It happened to him – it shouldn't matter to him now.
The rain and wind predicted for Sunday will be just the latest adversary in what has been a perfect storm for a career.
Wilson has nothing to lose in this five-game audition, starting Sunday against the Texans. He can go out and play the same way he did when his football dreams began as a wide-eyed 7-year-old in Utah.
He has been to hell and back. The organization didn't do anything enough to lift him up, and if he had lifted them up, Aaron Rodgers wouldn't have been a Jet.
For Zach Wilson, there's no use crying over spilled milk.
He won't end the Jets' 12-year playoff drought, but he will have one last chance to write the likely end of his story in New York in his own words.
He got knocked down one too many times, sat on the bench one after another, and a year ago was taunted by Joe Namath for wearing a Mike Effin White T-shirt while a teammate was trying to get him back as QB1. There were reports of accusations that he had been passive, and Saleh came up with an excuse. His first day was all clutching at straws, as the Boobirds waited forever for the promised off-platform throw, ears ringing on every third down, and a red-zone farce.
Now let's see him stand up. if you can.
Let's see if he can at least show New York that he's a fighter.
Just because C.J. Stroud is Offensive Rookie of the Year doesn't mean the opposing team's quarterback figured out how to play complementary football with his formidable defense and special teams and win the damn game and make this five-game series. It doesn't mean you're forbidden to find a way to end it. On a losing streak.
It wasn't that long ago that Zach and Garrett Wilson had visions of a Wilson-to-Wilson relationship that would terrify the secondary. On the night of the 2022 draft, Zach Wilson tweeted: 2 Wilsons. Let's Goo Goo! ”
Immediately after that draft, the Jets had first-round picks Garrett Wilson, Sauce Gardner, and Jermaine Johnson attend a press conference, and Garrett Wilson was asked about Zach Wilson.
“He's a receiver that likes to spread the field and make plays, so I feel like he can be put anywhere on the field. That's what you look for in a quarterback. I also hear what he's like. He's a receiver who likes to spread the field and make plays. He certainly has what it takes to be great.”
They all thought so.
They were all thinking the wrong thing.
They all thought from day one that a trial by fire would be beneficial to Zack.
They were all thinking the wrong thing.
There's nothing you can do about that right now, kiddo.
All you can do is seize this moment and be brave and good. If greatness is asking too much of you. Pass the ball to Garrett Wilson. Nathaniel Hackett's star has faded in this dark era of offenses he has coordinated. He has five games left to begin realizing the dream you and Garrett Wilson dreamed together. Then maybe Garrett can stop feeling like his otherworldly talents are being wasted.
Zach's 2022 debut included a fourth-quarter comeback in Pittsburgh to defeat Patrick Mahomes on Sunday Night Football in Week 4, but that's the Zach Wilson he now has to find again. . if you can.
Throw caution to the wind, kid. Feel free to play freely. Go out onto the field with an F-it attitude. Play with stolen goods. Play to win. After two weeks of watching Tim Boyle and Trevor Siemian play, consider his return to QB1 a new lease on life, even if it's fleeting.
If you want to go down again, swing down. This is your last chance to make a final impression. No one wants to be remembered as a bust. If they are, hell are they.