Dec 22, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets have been adamant over the last few weeks on not giving up on the former #2 overall pick Zach Wilson, but based on reports, the quarterback may have to make some serious changes to his worth ethic if he wants to win back the starting job next season.
During a Friday appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Jordan Schultz of The Score said he sees “no way” Wilson will begin next season as New York’s starting quarterback.
“There would be a mutiny if Zach Wilson is QB1 again,” Schultz said. “It’s not gonna happen. … In speaking to some players on the team, his approach, or lack thereof, was not well regarded. Everyone knows this guy is super talented. He could be the franchise, but you want to see a lot more. Whether it’s late to meetings, screwing around in meetings, not having the right attitude, that’s what I gather.”
“I don’t know if they’re gonna trade him. They’ve said they’re not actively going to, they’re not gonna get a lot for him.”
“But I can tell you, and speaking to some players on the team, his approach or lack thereof was not well regarded. There’s some Kyler Murray to that situation where everyone knows this guy is super talented, he could be the franchise, but you wanna see a lot more. Whether it’s late to meetings, screwing around in meetings, not having the right attitude, that’s what I’ve gathered.”
Remember, the 22-year-old took a ton of heat after an ugly defeat to the Patriots on November 20. After scoring just three points and losing in heartbreaking fashion, Wilson was asked if he thought he let the defense down. He simply replied: ‘No.
This rubbed teammates the wrong way, which forced Robert Saleh to start Mike White the following week vs. the Bears.
Per The Athletic’s Zack Rosenblatt, former offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur would tell people within the organization that the offense was more effective with Mike White, Joe Flacco, and even Josh Johnson than it was with Wilson at quarterback.
It’s fair to say that Zach Wilson’s days as a New York Jet are over.