Zach Wilson: The way I handled Sunday wasn’t right

NFL: NOV 20 Jets at Patriots
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During Jets quarterback Zach Wilson‘s last visit with the media, he said he didn’t feel like he let the defense down in last Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Patriots.

That comment was not well received in the Jets locker room and Wilson addressed it during a Wednesday session with reporters from the team’s facility. Wilson said he sought out teammates to tell them that his response on Sunday was not the correct one.

“The way that I handled the situation wasn’t right,” Wilson said, via Connor Hughes of SNY. “I gotta be a better football player and then I gotta be a better leader for these guys. I have an opportunity to turn a page here as a player and as a leader.”

Wilson was benched by head coach Robert Saleh on Wednesday in a move that the team hopes will reset things for the 2021 first-round pick. Wilson called it humbling and shared how he plans to move forward.

“It’s tough, man,” Wilson said. “It’s never fun. The first thing that kinda went to my mind is that I gotta get to work. I gotta get better and I’m gonna approach that every single day to keep working to get better. . . . I wouldn’t say necessarily surprised because I haven’t been doing my job. Of course, I would like to not agree with the decision but it comes down to I’ve gotta play better.”

Saleh said that Wilson remains part of the team’s plans and Wednesday’s show of accountability is a step in the right direction in terms of how the quarterback is handling things off the field. It remains to be seen when he’ll get a chance to be on the field again and that will likely be a big factor in determining what kind of future Wilson has with the Jets.

57 responses to “Zach Wilson: The way I handled Sunday wasn’t right

  1. Both Wilson and Jones looked horrible last week. Both failed to score a single touchdown between them. I have a feeling we will be reading a similar story about Jones before the season is over.

  2. I’m missing something. Since when do guys get benched for not feeding the media material?

  3. I don’t see Zach getting to a 2nd contract with the Jets. He’s already fumbled the bag.

  4. He’s young and made a mistake which I’m sure just about everyone has. Can he develop into an NFL QB? Clocks ticking

  5. He kinda’ gotta’ figure it out soon or his playin’ career is sorta’ gonna’ be flushin’ down the drain… it is already swirlin’!

  6. The biggest issue is it needs to be explained whether he means on the field or at the press conference

  7. Mac Jones has got to be thrilled that all the focus is on Wilson when he’s not meeting expectations either.

  8. Wilson will be on the bench as long as his backup wins. But the young man needs to grow up and take responsibility. The quarterback position is a leadership position. A quarterback that doesn’t command the respect of his teammates is useless.

  9. I’m missing something. Since when do guys get benched for not feeding the media material?

    He gets benched for losing the team.

  10. ‘Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you I gotta plead ignorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices and I tell you people do that all the time.”

  11. Once you’ve lost the locker room it’s just about impossible to regain it. It’s going to take WAY more than statements like this.

  12. A little bit late for that. Did mom and dad tell you if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all and now say your sorry.

  13. Yet another spoiled, self indulged, been told how great he was all his life loser. He has no idea what it means to be a leader. If you have to be told how then you are clueless.
    His parents have a lot to answer for in their raising of this brat.

  14. To give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe this’ll be a turning point for him. He’s young. I hope that he does change.

    Unfortunately, I am not too optimistic.

    That he had to be told how to be a leader is not particularly inspiring. But getting benched might be good for him.

  15. Here’s another viewpoint. Wilson should not have been thrust into his role. He needed to sit a year or two to learn the nuances of the NFL game and learn how to be a professional. A lot of these bad teams throw in guys right out of college who are not ready and then they fall on their face. The NFL will never be a patient league and thus more QB’s will continue to bust unless teams learn to draft them later which won’t happen.

  16. Even if Wilson didn’t ‘mean’ what he said, he said it. He’s owned up to the mistake and seems to have accepted the benching with relatively good grace. Wilson should take the opportunity and grow from this.

  17. Zack Wilson is about a year away from telling the whole world he failed in the NFL because he’s a conservative and he’ll get a weekly segment on newsmax to complain about it.

  18. The lack of patience with the development of these kids at QB is stunning…

    Do people recall how Josh Allen developed…he is now one of my favorite QBs, Pats fan here, but if the Bills had not been patient with him he would now be a ‘bust’!

  19. ‘Since when do guys get benched for not feeding the media material?’

    No, he fed them.

  20. I am a Jets fan.
    He is a young man , and we have all made mistakes in life.
    However this is undoubtedly franchise PR speak , that he has been told to say , to try to repair an issue with the rest of the locker room.
    Unfortunately his only chance is to truly believe it and follow it through , be more humble and accountable – but also actually deliver on the field !.
    I will be astounded if he can do all this.
    I hope that he can if he is given another chance.
    The spectre of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf , is looming very large for this young man.

  21. I was wondering who prepared that speech for him while i was reading the first paragraph of his statement. Upon reading further i was glad to see it appears to have been his own statements. Good first step,lad.

  22. JJ412 says:
    November 23, 2022 at 5:20 pm
    ‘Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you I gotta plead ignorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices and I tell you people do that all the time.”

    Ah, the good old days of George Costanza – one of his funniest scenes. I had a good laugh when I saw your post. Not quite what Zach Wilson is accused of doing but his response on Sunday was just as laughable.

  23. Not for nothing but a guy like Flacco should be doing a little more to help him. I know Zach is his own man but veteran backups are suppose to help guide young QBs a little. Zack and Kyle Murray sound like the same guy sometimes.

  24. The ball is in his court now and his actions will speak louder than his words. All the money and hoopla aside..he’s 23. We have examples all over the NFL of grown men, who should know better, behave worse.

  25. Not to defend him too much, but from a leadership perspective, there are lots of stupid 23 year olds in the world. Many of them improve significantly as they mature.

  26. Zack Wilson is 23 years old, this is only a bit more than half way through his second pro season and he’s expected by many to be the leader of a room full of grown men, some over 10 years older than he is. Whether you believe he’s had everything handed to him and therefore should be performing at a high level, or not, he’s still a “kid” and has a lot to learn, both on the field. Hopefully he gets the time.
    As for the comment about Mac Jones having failed to score a single TD last Sunday, if you watched the game, he was sacked 6 times. And at one point it seemed every time he got the Pats between the Jets 40 and 20 yard line and appeared to have his team on the move his offensive line collapsed and he was sacked for a 9 or 10 yard loss, effectively taking them out of a scoring opportunity. That cannot be blamed on Jones. The OL was horrific.

  27. The Jets have been a dynasty for 15 years and now Zach Wilson comes along and screws that all up. By the way, how did a dynasty end up with the overall #2 pick? Isn’t that draft position reserved for the worst of the worst?

  28. I really don’t think Mac played bad. It was probably his best game of the season. Sure, no touchdowns but he was accurate and efficient in windy weather and had no turnovers. I really didn’t think he was bad

  29. Jets fans…He missed some plays and made some mistakes, but a lot of what happened wasn’t his fault. It was a very very very windy day and the Patriots covered all the short stuff daring them to throw long into wind. Those plays take longer to develop. If the line doesn’t hold up, and the running game is going no where, you don’t have much more to work with. Sacks and Picks are going to happen (if the db’s can hold onto the ball). There were some missed short throws…but the rest of the offense did not really help him at all in this situation. Yes, he should have sucked it up and understood the political landscape better. That’s an issue. But it’s not all his fault either. There is a lot of blame to go around. What about the OC? For this, they are going to humiliate him by putting him in street clothes on the sideline this week. If he turns his career around, he may remember this and play out his 5th year option and see what else is out there.

  30. He doesn’t have to care about how I feel or how the fans or the media feel about him but he does have to care about how his teammates feel about him. At least he is on the right step now. Whether his teammates will alter their view of him remains to be seen.

  31. As a working class schmo I love watching rich QB’s get their commupance. On the other hand, is there a single QB in the NFL who wasn’t handed the job from day one since Pee Wee football or middle school? Its hard to get put in place, but it happens to every single human being in the Universe. His instant reaction wasn’t perfect but talent is valuable in the NFL. I think his accuracy has to improve a lot but no one will care about his answers to Jo blow sports writer if he can start completing those downfield passes.

  32. supercharger says:
    November 23, 2022 at 4:14 pm
    I’m missing something. Since when do guys get benched for not feeding the media material?

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    But he did feed them. That’s the comment everyone is questioning.

  33. dino2997 says:
    November 23, 2022 at 5:03 pm
    Mac Jones has got to be thrilled that all the focus is on Wilson when he’s not meeting expectations either.

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    Mac Jones did not have a team burn a second overall pick on him after being touted as a top prospect.

  34. Had he come out with that statement on Monday, I would have believed him, now it’s just PR instigated by the team and him being benched.
    BTW great decision by Saleh, turning out to be all he promised to be!

  35. You’ve been Belichicked!!! Again. We roll through and dessimate these bad organizations. Coaches and QBs get fired afterward.

    Belichick Baby!!!!

  36. I’m not a Jets fan and I don’t know much about Wilson and usually don’t pay much attention to him but that was bad. This is exactly why I hate the post game press conferences, especially for the losing team. They coach these guys on what to say and 99% of the time, they say ‘the right things’ but it’s difficult to believe players/coaches actually feel that way.. Once in a great while, someone says something like this and they are ripped for it. Wilson was wrong no doubt, the offense he led only scored 3 points but this wasn’t a one-off low production game for them. The defense has carried them this year and maybe he was just frustrated and because he is young he doesn’t have the maturity to handle it well. He probably deserves another chance but I think barring injury to White and Flacco, he should sit the rest of the year and start from scratch competing for a job next year. The organization and fan base deserve the absolute best player at every position so they can win games and right now, Wilson is not the best QB on their roster. They have a good team this year. That way he can work on his footwork, film study and himself during that time. It will take a while to regain everyone’s trust but if he keeps quiet, works his butt off and doesn’t complain teammates will notice and maybe he can get it back but it will take time and he’ll have to produce on the field when he has the opportunity.

  37. grizzly says:
    November 24, 2022 at 9:58 am
    I’m not a Jets fan and I don’t know much about Wilson and usually don’t pay much attention to him but that was bad. This is exactly why I hate the post game press conferences, especially for the losing team. They coach these guys on what to say and 99% of the time, they say ‘the right things’ but it’s difficult to believe players/coaches actually feel that way.. Once in a great while, someone says something like this and they are ripped for it. Wilson was wrong no doubt, the offense he led only scored 3 points but this wasn’t a one-off low production game for them. The defense has carried them this year and maybe he was just frustrated and because he is young he doesn’t have the maturity to handle it well. He probably deserves another chance but I think barring injury to White and Flacco, he should sit the rest of the year and start from scratch competing for a job next year. The organization and fan base deserve the absolute best player at every position so they can win games and right now, Wilson is not the best QB on their roster. They have a good team this year. That way he can work on his footwork, film study and himself during that time. It will take a while to regain everyone’s trust but if he keeps quiet, works his butt off and doesn’t complain teammates will notice and maybe he can get it back but it will take time and he’ll have to produce on the field when he has the opportunity.

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    That’s exactly the situation Saleh created for him to now have to do that. This move is actually good coaching. And bringingbthis sort of accountability will send a good message to the team.

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