The Jets lost to the Patriots on Sunday, but Zach Wilson may be losing the locker room.
Wilson’s performance on Sunday left a lot to be desired for a No. 2 overall pick: The second-year quarterback threw for 77 yards on 9-of-22 passing against a stout Patriots defense, but many, many plays were left on the field in the 10-3 loss to New England.
While the Jets’ offensive performance was a total systemic breakdown of the passing game, running game and playcalling, as it goes, the quarterback bears the brunt of the blame — and he shoulders the responsibility, too.
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Wilson got a lot of the blame, but didn’t seem to want to take accountability for his play postgame:
.@Connor_J_Hughes: “Do you feel like you let the defense down at all?”
Zach Wilson: “No.” pic.twitter.com/tiJiTSrFPE
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) November 20, 2022
Wilson’s response, apparently, didn’t sit well with many in Florham Park. ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports that the Jets’ defense isn’t too pleased with Wilson’s demeanor following the game — and it was apparent with at least one player.
Hearing this morning there’s a lot of raw feelings among #Jets defensive players. Clearly, Zach Wilson’s post-game accountability (or lack thereof) didn’t sit well.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 21, 2022
Defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers liked a tweet comparing Wilson’s non-answer to Josh Allen’s answer following the Bills’ loss to the Jets in Week 9, when Allen was blunt about his play:
— NFL Unlimited (@NFLUnlimited) November 21, 2022
Franklin-Myers would later walk back his liked tweet, saying that the team still has support and belief in Wilson despite the loss.
Not all were as shy about criticisms, though. Rookie wideout Garrett Wilson made it clear that Sunday’s performance wasn’t up to par for anyone — though he wouldn’t name names, instead calling it a “sorry” performance.
“This s—’s sorry, we’re out here looking sorry,” Garrett Wilson said postgame. “We know that we’re not sorry. That’s why it really hurts. We know that we’re better than that — that’s why it hurts. That’s why it’s frustrating to me, because we can do more.”
#Jets WR Garrett Wilson went OFF in the locker room about several issues: ‘it’s unacceptable’ + ‘I feel this is a wake up for some of the people in the facility’ + ‘I’m gonna call it like it is, we gotta be better in passing game’ + ‘that shit is sorry’ 😳: 🎥 @nyjets #TakeFlight pic.twitter.com/2NCMMJkKqB
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) November 21, 2022
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In all, Wilson has underwhelmed this season, albeit with the Jets offense facing injuries to the line and to key rookie running back Breece Hall. He’s thrown for 1,279 yards on a 55.6 percent completion rate, and has four touchdowns to five interceptions through seven games. Not exactly lighting the scoreboard up.
The Jets (6-4) face the Bears in Week 12, and the next seven games will determine whether or not Wilson is the QB of the future for the Jets. At present time, though, it’s looking very bleak.