The Jets benched Zach Wilson.
Head coach Robert Saleh determined in opposition to any half-measures of placing the struggling Wilson on discover or making a phony competitors throughout follow and went all-in on a brand new period.
Saleh introduced the change to the crew throughout a meeting Wednesday morning, as first reported by ESPN. It was not instantly clear if Mike White – who was promoted to backup earlier this season – or Joe Flacco – who began the primary three video games of the season throughout Wilson’s absence with a knee damage – is taking up.
Wilson is 5-2 as a starter this season, however his failure to fall on the sword after final week’s stinker in opposition to the Patriots (9-of-22 for 77 yards because the Jets managed six first downs and scored three factors) rubbed some individuals the flawed means. The Jets are within the thick of the playoff race, due to a vaunted protection and a run-first offense, and determined a quarterback change might create extra steadiness.
It is a crossroads for the No. 2 decide within the 2021 draft – and it comes just a few days earlier than the Bears go to. The Jets’ choice to choose Wilson appears to be like just like the Bears’ huge achieve as a result of quarterback Justin Fields slipped to choose No. 11 (the 49ers additionally handed to pick out Trey Lance at No. 3) and is flourishing as a dual-threat.