It appears retired quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick started having issues about New York Jets starter Zach Wilson way back to 2021.
“One of many greatest query marks I’ve had about him, and the factor that scared me final 12 months, is after they referred to as John Beck, his private quarterback coach, to come back out and assist get his thoughts proper throughout the season, and put him on employees,” Fitzpatrick defined throughout a dialog with Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Publish. “To me, that was a large crimson flag. I don’t know Zach Wilson, however that scares me slightly bit.
“I do know they have been doing no matter they might to get his mentals proper, and to match every part along with his physicals, however that one scared me slightly bit — having to fly somebody in to verify he was OK, and coddle him slightly bit. He has to play higher and this can be a good wake-up name for him to know that they’ve a great soccer workforce, and so they don’t want him to do these issues he was doing on Sunday, making these errors.”
Fitzpatrick was referencing how the Jets hired Beck, additionally a former professional signal-caller, final fall to work with Wilson on his mechanics and different features of his recreation when the then-rookie was sidelined with an harm. As for Fitzpatrick, the present Amazon Prime Video “Thursday Evening Soccer” analyst made his feedback after Wilson produced a dud on this previous Sunday’s 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.
Particularly, Wilson tossed three interceptions towards the Patriots and performed so poorly that former NFL quarterback Matt Cassel referred to as for Jets head coach Robert Saleh to bench the second-year professional in favor of veteran Joe Flacco. Saleh insisted Wilson “is our quarterback” and that he has “full confidence in Zach” transferring ahead.
“He’s gotta play higher,” Fitzpatrick stated about how lengthy he’d maintain Wilson atop the depth chart. “He’s had some accidents. For positive by means of this 12 months, and so they’re gonna give him an opportunity subsequent 12 months as properly. He’s gotta present enchancment. It’s so thrilling to see him [sometimes]. There may be good. He’s obtained nice mobility. He’s obtained an ideal arm. However he nonetheless has to study to play quarterback within the Nationwide Soccer League.”
Issues get no simpler for Wilson in early November, as he and the 5-3 Jets host the 6-1 Buffalo Payments Sunday.