Jets QB Zach Wilson reportedly will not start against Bears in Week 11

Jets QB Zach Wilson reportedly will not start against Bears in Week 11

The New York Jets have seen enough from quarterback Zach Wilson. Following Sunday’s poor offensive performance against the New England Patriots, the Jets benched Wilson prior to the team’s Week 12 game against the Chicago Bears, head coach Robert Saleh confirmed.

Jets players were reportedly informed of the decision during a team meeting Wednesday.

With Wilson benched, the team will start Mike White against Chicago. White, 27, appeared in four games last year, throwing five touchdowns against eight interceptions.

Long-time NFL veteran Joe Flacco, 37, will serve as White’s backup in Week 12. He started three games for the team earlier this season while Wilson recovered from an injury. Flacco completed 58.7 percent of his passes, and threw 5 touchdowns against 3 interceptions in those games.

After starting the team’s last seven games, Wilson will be inactive against the Bears. Wilson was reportedly disappointed upon hearing the news.

“It’s never fun,” Wilson said, via the NFL Network’s Mike Giardi. “But the first thing that went thru my mind is ‘I’ve got to get work. I’ve got to get better.’ … I wouldn’t say necessarily surprised because I haven’t been doing my job.”

Zach Wilson under fire after miserable performance against Patriots

Wilson hasn’t performed well in 2022, and his struggles against the Patriots were apparently the last straw for the Jets. Wilson went 9 for 22 against New England, throwing for just 77 yards. The team failed to get anything done offensively, scoring just three points in the 10-3 loss.

Following the game, Wilson received criticism for not taking accountability for the team’s offensive struggles.

His teammates, and head coach, felt differently. Receiver Garrett Wilson was blunt when asked about the offense, saying, “This s*** is not OK.” Head coach Robert Saleh called the offense “dogs***.”

Two Jets defensive players, Ahmad Gardner and John Franklin-Myers, came under fire after they liked tweets that were critical of Wilson. Both players claimed they liked those tweets accidentally.

Even if that’s true, it’s clear the Jets felt they had seen enough from Wilson. Saleh was non-committal about the starting quarterback when asked Monday, the first sign a change was coming.

Zach Wilson’s career is now in limbo

The move sends a discouraging sign about Wilson’s future in the NFL. Wilson hasn’t performed well, but most quarterbacks get more time to prove themselves in the NFL. Wilson has started just 20 games. In those games, he has 13 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. Wilson has completed 55.6 percent of his passes.

It’s possible Wilson can still work his way into the Jets’ future plans, but it feels unlikely. The benching indicates the Jets aren’t happy with Wilson’s lack of progression in his second season. If they still felt good about his ability, the Jets may have stuck with Wilson and let him work out his issues on the field. By benching him, the Jets are indicating they don’t trust him to make those improvements this season.

Saleh sent a different message Wednesday, saying Wilson needs “a reset,” but his career with the Jets isn’t over.

Wilson has physical tools. There’s a reason he was drafted No. 2 overalls. Because of that, it’s always possible Wilson rights the ship in the offseason and becomes the player Jets fans hoped he could be when the team selected him.

But the track record of young quarterbacks who fell out of favor with their teams this quickly isn’t promising. Unless Wilson can clean things up — both on the field and in his press conferences — his next start might come with a different franchise.

Zach Wilson will reportedly be benched in Week 12. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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