According to a report from ESPN's Rich Cimini, the New York Jets defense is starting to take issue with Robert Saleh's unwavering support of Zach Wilson. The New York Jets are actively crumbling and this couldn't be better news for the New England Patriots and the rest of the AFC East.
A recent report indicates that the third-year quarterback's play is souring some people in the locker room, specifically their defense, which is among the very best in the NFL. The Jets clearly went all-in this offseason when they traded expensive draft capital for Aaron Rodgers, who turns 40 this year. They were also active in free agency and were clearly gearing towards a make or break year.
Well, four plays into his Jets tenure, Rodgers tore his Achilles and is now set to miss the entire season, most likely. Zach Wilson was then forced into the lineup and did just enough to help the Jets beat the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. However, in the last two weeks, Wilson has thrown one touchdown against three interceptions, and his passer rating on the season is 57.0.
Zach Wilson is not an NFL QB, and I'm not sure he even belongs on an NFL roster. He's dreadfully bad and is a huge miss by Jets GM Joe Douglas. Well, Wilson has been so bad that he apparently is contributing to a huge divide in the locker room. Here's what Rich Cimini had to say about the situation:
""Of course he has doubts about Wilson," Cimini said of the coach. "He's watching what we're watching. He's watched it for two-and-a-half years. He definitely has doubts. He knows what Wilson is. But the thing is, he's coming off as a Zach apologist. And that doesn't play well in the locker room. The defense, in particular, is not happy.- Rich Cimini
"This defense knows that if any other player was performing his job the way Wilson is performing his, that player would be benched. Trust me, there's tension in that locker room.""
This is absolutely delicious, and should be seen as nothing but good news for the Patriots, AFC East, and the rest of the conference. Honestly, it is a bit puzzling why the Jets have not tried to make a more notable QB move. They recently signed Trevor Siemian to their practice squad. Siemian is a career backup and is a better QB than Wilson. However, there are some intriguing names out there, specifically Carson Wentz, who has played at an MVP level before and is a Super Bowl champion.
Wentz would make a ton of sense for the Jets, right? His floor is low, but his ceiling is leaps and bounds better than anything Zach Wilson has done. There are also some spot starters around the NFL that could be traded for the right price. Andy Dalton, Gardner Minshew, Jameis Winston, and Teddy Bridgewater all come to mind as players who could surely be more efficient than Wilson, and have been their entire careers.
The biggest fish that could be a possibility for them is Kirk Cousins, who has been the most efficient QB in the NFL through three weeks but is on an 0-3 Minnesota Vikings team. Honestly, for the sake of the Jets continued downfall, I hope they stick with Zach Wilson.