Jets’ Wilson on benching: ‘Yeah, frustrated, but I get it’

The struggles continued for New York Jets starting quarterback Zach Wilson on Sunday in Buffalo against the Bills(6-5).

Wilson completed only 7 of 15 passes for 81 yards, one touchdown, and an interception; he was pulled by Jets head coach Robert Saleh in the third quarter and replaced by backup Tim Boyle as the Jets(4-6) lost their third straight game after getting routed by the Bills 32-6.

The third-year quarterback, who did not complete a pass to a wide receiver on Sunday, has not had a very good season and is near the bottom in many statistical categories among starting quarterbacks.

After the loss, Saleh explained why he made the change.

“Like I said, it was 29 to six, and like I said, like I told Zach on the sideline, it’s not just him,” he said. “It’s easy to point the finger at the quarterback, but it’s pretty easy to see, you’ve got missed protections, you’ve got dropped balls, you’ve got missed routes. Now, obviously, he’s got to get better. There’s things he could’ve done a lot better, but it’s everyone right now.”

Saleh said he will decide on Monday if Wilson will be the starter on Friday when the Jets host the Miami Dolphins. 

Wilson discussed his reaction to the benching.

“Yeah, frustrated, but I get it,” Wilson said. “Have to score, have to be in games. When it’s consecutive games of just doing nothing on offense, you know, you can sit here and say last week, we moved the ball, but we’re not scoring. It essentially comes down to you have to score points. So, when things aren’t getting done, change has to be made, and I understand that.”

The second pick in the 2021 draft is unsure if he will start against Miami.

“I don’t know what I expect,” he said. “We’re going to watch the film. All I can focus on is how could I have been better tonight? I could think of some I wanted to have back, but just not good enough all the way around.”

Boyle wasn’t much better for the Jets as he completed 7 of 14 passes for 33 yards and an interception.

If the Jets make a change, it probably will be veteran quarterback Trevor Simian, who the team signed to its practice squad in September.

Coming into the 2023 season, the Jets had high hopes with a big-time defense and Aaron Rodgers, but he went down, and they went all in on Wilson. That’s clearly looking like a mistake. Wilson was not ready and may never be ready. The season is slowly slipping away from New York, and at this point, they have to do something at the quarterback position.

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