Jets coach Robert Saleh defended his quarterback Zach Wilson Sunday even after a 10-3 loss to the Patriots in which New York produced what he called tell reporters instead “we keep everything on the table”.. A day later, Saleh changed his tone. Asked Monday if Wilson would remain the starting QB for the Week 12 game against the Bears, the coach declined to give a definitive answer.
Saleh was clearly more supportive of Wilson after Sunday’s loss. Although he admitted he was unsure if the sophomore signalman was holding back the Jets’ offense, he claimed he never considered changing QB against the Patriots and suggested that Wilson still held on to the job firmly.
“It’s the furthest I can think of,” Saleh said Sunday of a potential backup for Wilson. “I already told you guys that Zach is our protector and we are going to… we have to find ways to help him get better.”
Wilson, however, drew widespread criticism for his remarks after Sunday’s defeat. After finishing just 9-of-22 for 77 yards against New England, QB was asked if he felt he had let the Jets’ defense down, given that part only lost three points in the loss. Wilson shrugged off the possibility with a quick no.
Now, perhaps he will be replaced for a reason other than injury, for the first time in his young career. Veteran journeyman Joe Flacco previously filled in for Wilson, but fifth-year reservist Mike White is currently the Jets’ number two. The latter will be in line to start against Chicago if Wilson is demoted.