Robert Saleh on Zach Wilson: Best learning comes through adversity

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The Jets have had a few weeks to watch quarterback Zach Wilson in their offense, but head coach Robert Saleh said it will still be some time before they learn some necessary things about him.

During a Thursday press conference, Saleh was asked what he’s learned about Wilson that he didn’t know before seeing him on the field. Saleh said that this stage in the year isn’t one where you can get a full picture of a player because you aren’t able to see them respond to rough situations.

“We’re still learning, I’d love to give you an answer on that one right now but there’s going to be so much more to learn, and your best learning comes through adversity and conflict,” Saleh said. “Obviously OTAs everything has been feel good, everyone’s excited about everything that’s happening around the organization, until we actually hit adversity will we be able to learn more about each other and how we handle things. I’d shortchange you if I was to give you an answer now.”

In the weeks leading up to the draft, analysts talked a lot about Wilson’s ability to extend plays and make off-schedule throws. Those traits would seem to be good ones to deploy in the face of adversity, but the first chance to really face it won’t come until there’s another team on the field trying to stop the rookie.

6 responses to “Robert Saleh on Zach Wilson: Best learning comes through adversity

  1. Robert Saleh has given Jets fans more info already than 2 years of the genius Adam Gase..don’t know if he can coach but after years of the personality of Todd Bowles and Gase what a breath of fresh air

  2. I know they’re exempt from it this year, but I’d actually tune in to a Jets Hard Knocks. Saleh seems like an interesting dude and it would be cool to see how Wilson is handling things his rookie year.

  3. The best learning *can* come from adversity, but it doesn’t automatically come from adversity. Guidance is necessary. Without it, adversity results in permanent damage.

    Let’s hope Saleh is up to the task of guiding this kid through choppy waters.

    He does seem like a breath of fresh air.

  4. This team is years away from competing and if anyone thinks Zach Wilson, the high school frame and pretty boy he is, will handle NY, they got another thing coming.

    This will blow up spectacularly starting a rookie qb far too early again.

    They did the same thing with Darnold after a poor senior year. They’d already bought into the hype.

  5. Zach Wilson is quietly lighting things up in OTAs making deep tight window throws with confidence (to quote a reporter, he looks nothing like a rookie). Yet all the reports out of NE are about how tentative Mac Jones is – how he’s checking down all day long – how he looks like the 4th best QB out there. Oh and then also that he looks small. Hard to understand the alternate reality that pats fans live in sometimes lol.

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