According to NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Wilson’s time in New York City is essentially over after he gave a fiery statement on WFAN’s In The Huddle that the second-year signal caller “doesn’t have a future there.”
“He doesn’t have a future there.. He lost his job to Mike effing White, you think he wants to be there? No. No! His agents say ‘You took this kid second overall and that’s the look you gave him? That’s how little you believe in him?’ No. It’s over. I don’t know what they get for him, but it’s over,” he said. “He’s not a part of their immediate future and their immediate future’s everything, and in the offseason, both sides are going to have a bunch of reasons why they should move on,” La Canfora said.
Things have gotten so bad that he also added if Mike White would to suffer an injury, the team would rather turn to Joe Flacco.
“If this thing goes off the rails a couple weeks from now because of injury or whatever – the buggy turns into a pumpkin or whatever – I think they go to Joe Flacco. I don’t think they go back to Wilson. I don’t think that’s tenable.”
This past Sunday, Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh decided to start Mike White in Wilson’s place. He led the Jets to a 31-10 win over the Chicago Bears going 22 of 28 for 315 yards. Mike White’s one game played led to three touchdowns while Zach Wilson playing in seven games has him sitting at four touchdowns.
According to SNY’s Connor Hughes, White is one of the most popular players in New York’s locker room. Jets players described White to Hughes as one of the most “genuine” and “real” guys on the team. The same almost certainly cannot be said for Wilson, who angered some on the team when he refused to take accountability for his poor play against the New England Patriots. Wilson was benched a few days later.
It is very unlikely that White is the Jets QB of the future. That does not mean Wilson is, either. Even if White does not play as well as he did against Chicago, players could push for him to keep the starting job. With the Jets chasing a playoff spot, Saleh would be wise to listen to his locker room.
Jets QB Zach Wilson. Photo courtsey of AP Photos/Seth Wenig