No NFL starter this season has maybe received as much flak as the New York Jets’ inexperienced Zach Wilson. However, in the Jets’ latest battle against the Kansas City Chiefs, Aaron Rodgers’ presence worked as an energy boost for Wilson, leading to some of the best football of his NFL career, with a newfound determination to secure a win.
Though the Jets at last accepted defeat, the team’s starter’s improvement touched the team’s coach Robert Saleh’s heart, and soon after the game he raved about his team’s rising star.
Jets HC talks about Zach Wilson’s performance
Despite being criticized earlier for expressing confidence in Zach Wilson, following the Jets’ narrow loss against the Chiefs, Robert Saleh came in front of the media with some satisfying words regarding their starter.
In a post-match interview, Saleh stated that Wilson’s performance convinced his heart and eyes. The head coach at that time labeled the starter as a hero as according to him Wilson was almost winning the game.
After seeing his improvement, Saleh is now very hopeful to win many matches with their franchise quarterback in the future.
“I thought he was really good. Gave us a chance to win the game, brought us back. If he plays like that, we’re gonna win a lot of football games.”
In the game, which garnered criticism for the officials’ wrong decisions that favored the Chiefs, Wilson recorded 28 of 39, for 245 yards, and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
Zach Wilson’s costly mistake vs. the Chiefs
The Jets’ offense saw a great bounce back in their 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. On the game, Zach Wilson was spotted making a terrible mistake that cost the Jets much. The wheels went off when Zach couldn’t handle Connor McGovern’s snap cleanly and lost a fumble with 7:24 left in the fourth quarter.
Wilson accepted blame for the defeat, believing he had failed to live up to the Jets’ high expectations for him.
“Yeah, that’s on me. Critical situation, I can’t have a play like that. I cannot drop the ball,” said Wilson in a post-game interview. “This team is sacrificing a lot. Guys are making plays… to be driving right there and to drop a snap, I cannot do that.
Despite falling behind early on, the Jets quickly caught up due to their defense’s pro-caliber performance. Nevertheless, the top player for Gang Green condemned himself for the defeat during the news conference.
“I lost us that game and I cannot do that. I was making it clear to those guys that I need to be better… It can’t happen.”
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