Jets’ Robert Saleh won’t commit to Zach Wilson as QB Sunday

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — New York Jets coach Robert Saleh is wavering on his dedication to Zach Wilson, establishing a potential quarterback change this week.

Three weeks after saying Wilson can be the starter for the rest of the season, barring damage, Saleh was noncommittal Monday on whether or not the 2021 second general decide will begin Sunday in opposition to the Chicago Bears.

This marked the primary trace of doubt from the group about Wilson’s standing as the No. 1 quarterback.

“We’re preserving every part on the desk over the subsequent couple of days,” Saleh mentioned.

Asked if he is ready to title Wilson as this week’s starter, he mentioned, “Not proper now, not till I’m executed evaluating every part.”

Wilson was knowledgeable of his standing by the coaches, primarily leaving him in limbo.

Mike White is subsequent on the depth chart, adopted by Joe Flacco, who began the primary three video games as Wilson recovered from a preseason knee damage. Saleh didn’t rule out both quarterback as a possible alternative.

Wilson is 5-2 as the starter, however he performed poorly in two of the previous three video games — each losses to the New England Patriots. He accomplished solely 9 of twenty-two passes for a career-low 77 yards in Sunday’s 10-3 loss. Afterwards, he confirmed little accountability with feedback that went viral. Asked if he let down the protection, Wilson merely mentioned, “No. No.”

Some defensive gamers had been upset by the remarks, sources mentioned.

Clearly, Saleh wasn’t joyful by the way in which Wilson dealt with his postgame information convention.

“Is it a mistake? Sure,” Saleh mentioned. “Is it one thing he’ll be higher from? Absolutely.”

He mentioned Wilson wants to perceive “it is our job to take the bullets and personal it,” including, “I do not assume it is indicative of how he feels about his group or his teammates.”

Wilson’s poor recreation was mentioned in Monday’s group assembly, a supply mentioned. Saleh mentioned all performances — good and dangerous — are talked about in group conferences.

At 6-4, the Jets are nonetheless within the playoff hunt, however they don’t seem to be getting a lot manufacturing out of Wilson. He has solely 4 landing passes, one fewer than Flacco, who hasn’t performed since Week 3.

Saleh emphasised that each place, not simply quarterback, can be evaluated.

“When you place up 100 yards of offense [actually, 103]I do not care how good New England is — and they’re good — it is unacceptable,” Saleh mentioned. “It’s not NFL soccer.”

A seething Saleh mentioned after the sport that the offensive efficiency within the second half (2 whole yards) was “canine s—.” Saleh mentioned Monday he has no plans to substitute the playcaller, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.

Wilson got here beneath heavy criticism after throwing three interceptions Oct. 30 in opposition to the Patriots, however he responded properly with a strong recreation in an upset of the Buffalo Bills.

But Sunday’s efficiency was an enormous step backwards. Receivers Garrett Wilson and Denzel Mims had been clearly pissed off through the recreation, and Garrett Wilson ranted to reporters, calling the offense a “sorry” unit with out mentioning Zach Wilson’s title.

“I feel we have a championship-quality protection and I feel we have actually good gamers on offense,” Saleh mentioned. “From a schematic standpoint, I feel we’re proper there with everybody else. But I’m simply making an attempt to consider to see how we are able to get this offense going a little bit bit.”

Wilson ranks twenty third in Total QBR (45.2) and thirty fourth out of 34 certified passers in completion proportion (55.6). Predictably, the three gamers made accessible to the media Monday expressed religion in Wilson. Asked his confidence degree in Wilson, guard Laken Tomlinson mentioned, “It’s excessive. He’s our quarterback. What do you imply?”

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