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NFL Power Rankings: There’s no great answer for what Jets should do with QB Zach Wilson

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All of this is true of the New York Jets:

• This is a restore command.

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• The success of their recovery will largely depend on Zach Wilson, the second-best pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, to become an A-list quarterback.

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• Their 6-4 start this season is well ahead of schedule, and while that’s a great sign, the Jets are still in the multi-year process of becoming a Super Bowl contender. However, they are playoff contenders.

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• Wilson isn’t playing well enough for a playoff-qualified team.

How do you come to terms with all this if you are the Jets? It’s a situation the Jets can no longer ignore after Sunday.

The Jets lost 10-3 to the New England Patriots very badly. In the final seconds, the Patriots hit a wild punt return, the first punt return touchdown in the NFL this season. There’s nothing wrong with losing on the road in the NFL, even in such a heartbreaking game. Their quarterback’s poor play made the defeat really unsettling.

Wilson was terrible against the Patriots. He had 77 yards on 22 tries and missed a lot of shots. It doesn’t look like Wilson played well until Sunday. He has four touchdowns and five interceptions in seven starts. He averaged 182.7 yards per game with a pathetic 72.6 passer rating. The Jets were winning, but they did it by hiding their quarterback. They needed Wilson to make one game on Sunday to win, and he couldn’t do it. He has a long way to go to become the quarterback the Jets need this season and beyond.

There was a lot of drama around Wilson’s terrible day. Rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson ripped off the offense, and while he didn’t mention Zach Wilson by name, it’s impossible to criticize the offense without blaming him. Some defenders were reportedly not happy that wilson did not take on much responsibility for his poor performance after the loss. A couple of Jets defenders liked the tweets tearing Wilson apart, and you can decide for yourself if you believe their excuse that they liked those tweets by accident.

Zach Wilson of the New York Jets had a tough game in a loss to the Patriots.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Zach Wilson of the New York Jets had a tough game in a loss to the Patriots. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

This stuff makes good headlines. But the Jets have more than just a soap opera. They need to figure out what to do as a quarterback, balancing what works best for this season with their recovery project.

Wilson’s problems wouldn’t have been so bad if the Jets were the losing team, as expected this season. They could just let Wilson correct his mistakes and then after the season evaluate what’s next. But they are pretty good. The defense is moving so fast that they should feel like they can make the playoffs and maybe even upset themselves with a good quarterback play. On Monday, Jets coach Robert Saleh hand over to Wilson starting this week, stating that the team “keeps everything on the table”. Even if the Jets launch Wilson on Sunday, patience is running out.

The Jets can’t just risk making the playoffs to protect their young quarterback’s feelings. But benching now is obviously not a big step in his development. The Jets also need to consider that Mike White or Joe Flacco won’t necessarily be better. If they make a change, they could destroy their young QB’s confidence and not even get much of an upgrade.

Whatever happens to Wilson after this season, there will be a long conversation in the offseason. The Jets have to worry about the present. The only thing that seems clear is that they are not going to win much with this level of quarterback play until the end of this season or beyond.

Here is the strength ranking after week 11 of the NFL season:

32. Houston Texans (1-8-1, last week: 32)

The Texans had their worst game of the season, and that’s saying something. By halftime they had five yards. Coach Lovi Smith entertainment idea on the bench for Davis Mills instead of Kyle Allen if you want to get an idea of ​​where the Texans season is heading.

31. Carolina Panthers (3-8, HB: 29)

Interim Panthers coach Steve Wilks said he didn’t know who would start this week as quarterback. The answer should probably be “anyone but Baker Mayfield”. Sam Darnold isn’t very good either, but it’s time to try him again.

30. Denver Broncos (3-7, HB: 23)

The Broncos make the same careless mistakes every week. Nathaniel Hackett doesn’t dishonor the franchise off the field like other coaches fired before the end of their first season, but it just doesn’t work. There is no reason to wait so long for the inevitable change of coach.

29. Chicago Bears (3-8, OT: 28)

When you call as many calculated runs lately as the Bears have for Justin Fields, it increases the quarterback’s risk of injury. It was terrifying to see Fields leave Sunday’s game holding onto his left shoulder, which he dislocated. The Bears haven’t given a definitive answer on when or if Fields will play again this season, but if he does, the Bears would be wise to cut his runs. It doesn’t look like they’re in a playoff race.

28. Las Vegas Raiders (3-7, LM: 31)

Talking about the Raiders would be very different if the Broncos had another win on Sunday. But they didn’t, and the Raiders took advantage of two horrendous failures in Denver’s defense to win in overtime. After that, it will be a much more peaceful week for the Raiders.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7, LM: 26)

T.J. Watt pulled off an incredible interception by jumping into the air to clear a pass from Joe Burrow and intercepting the ball mid-air for a selection. It was even more incredible because he did it in the first meeting with the Bengals. Watt is a special talent.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7, LM: 25)

Here’s the rest of the Jaguar schedule: vs. Ravens, vs. Lions, vs. Titans, vs. Cowboys, vs. Jets, vs. Texans, vs. Titans. Luckily, the Texans game is there because the Jaguars are likely to be underdogs in any other game. This will be a good test for the young team.

25. Los Angeles Rams (3-7, HB: 21)

Matthew Stafford will want to play again this season. He is a competitor. But Stafford left Sunday’s game and suffered a concussion after missing the Rams’ previous game with a concussion. The Rams should step in and tell Stafford that his season is over. He has received many punishments and this line cannot protect him. The Rams aren’t going anywhere this season. It’s a shame to forgo a season, but the Rams need to protect their investment and start preparing for 2023.

24. Arizona Cardinals (4-7, LM: 20)

It’s hard to believe that the Cardinals were leading 7-0 at the end of October last year. A little over a year later, the Cardinals look like they have just about everything to fix. A completely uncompetitive 38-10 loss to the Cardinals likely leads to what’s next on the agenda, which is figuring out what changes need to be made before next season.

23. New Orleans Saints (4-7, DW: 30)

The Saints traded a lot to move up and get draft receiver Chris Olav, but they got a great player. Olav had 102 yards and passed All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey for a 53-yard touchdown. He will be a fantastic #1 receiver for years to come.

22. Cleveland Browns (3-7, HB: 24)

If all you knew was the Browns’ record, you’d think it was because Jacoby Brisset’s offense was terrible. This is not true. He had 324 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to the Bills. While a lot of it happened in the trash and he wasn’t good all season, he wasn’t as bad as the Browns’ offense. The defense let the team down more often than the attack. This has become an unexpected priority to fix next offseason.

21. Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1, LM: 19)

The Colts were very close to being the talk of the NFL. They were on the verge of beating the Eagles, who had been 8-0 the week before, pushing Jeff Saturday’s coaching record to 2-0. But then the Eagles built up the one drive they needed to win the game, and the Colts became irrelevant again.

20. Detroit Lions (4-6, LM: 27)

I still don’t understand what’s going on with D’Andre Swift. He was overtaken by Jamaal Williams in first place and Williams is playing well. But on Sunday, it was Justin Jackson, the former Chargers guard who was cut from the Detroit practice team on September 14, with nine carries to five for Swift. If Swift is injured, he must not play. If he’s healthy, he shouldn’t give up the job to a player like Jackson (who, to be honest, played well). Just a strange situation.

19. Atlanta Falcons (5-6, HB: 22)

Kyle Pitts hasn’t been used properly, but it’s still hard to see him go into reserve with a reported MCL rupture, an injury that could end his season. Pitts is still very talented and hopefully he comes back healthy and has a much more productive season in 2023.

18. Green Bay Packers (4-7, LM: 17)

Packers chances of making the playoffs in football underdogs are 8.6%, and this seems high. The Packers have to win five or maybe all six of their remaining games, and there has been no indication that this Green Bay team is capable of that…


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