Jets coach Robert Saleh refuses to commit to starting Zach Wilson after his poor performance in a 3-10 loss to the Patriots and says he’s keeping “everything on the table” ahead of the Bears game .
New York Jets coach Robert Saleh has refused to give any form of certainty to Zach Wilson starting the team’s next game against the Chicago Bears after the young quarterback’s poor performance on Sunday.
Wilson’s numbers worsened after a second loss to the New England Patriots (3-10) this season, as the 23-year-old completed just nine of his 22 passes for 77 yards at Gilette Stadium.
To make matters worse, when asked in his postgame remarks if he felt he had let down the defense, which had held the Patriots’ offense to three points all afternoon despite the loss, Wilson responded with a single. word: ‘No’.
Jets quarterback Zach Wilson’s starting job is on the line after his misplay against the Patriots.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh declined to comment on who will start against the Bears on Sunday.
Saleh, who was 90 minutes late for his media duties Monday, could now pull Wilson out of the line of fire and play backup quarterback Mike White or veteran Joe Flacco to save the Jets’ season.
‘Saleh says that Wilson has been informed of his wait-and-see status. I won’t say if it would be White or Flacco. Everything on the table,’ ESPN’s Rich Cimini tweeted Monday.
A win over New England would have moved New York into first place in the AFC East this late in the season for the first time since 2010. Instead, getting swept by the Patriots could hinder the drive to end a postseason drought of 11 years.
Backup quarterback Mike White (left) and veteran Joe Flacco (right) are in contention to start
The Jets lost for the 14th straight time to the Patriots, 10-3, on Sunday at Gilette Stadium.
“It was a frustrating day,” Wilson said Sunday before turning a blind eye to reporters on whether his inability to play well on offense had let down the team’s defense.
The Jets sacked Mack Jones 12 times in two games this season, but the offense couldn’t make enough plays. New York made a trip to the red zone and went 3-for-14 on third down.
‘I think the defense was outstanding. I thought our D line was after him,” Saleh said. “There are a lot of things we have to look at to see if we can find some efficiency on offense.”
Wilson (left) completed just 9 passes and Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was sacked 12 times
When the Patriots won the season opener three weeks ago, the Jets were able to move the ball, but were undone by three interceptions thrown by Wilson, who also had a career-high 355 yards.
Sunday’s rematch featured a marked game as the Jets gained minus 8 yards on their first five second-half possessions, and never got going again since.
The last time the Jets won against the Patriots was in 2015, with New England now riding a 14-game unbeaten streak against New York.