After some initial signs to the contrary, New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson accepts responsibility for Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots and apologizes to teammates for deflecting blame in his post-match comments.
“I had a stomach ache,” Wilson told reporters on Wednesday.
The sophomore quarterback was undeniably bad at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Sunday, completing just 9 of 22 passes for 77 yards. But as bad as he played, he only made things worse in the post-match press conference.
“No,” Wilson told reporters Sunday when asked if he had let down a Jets defense that kept the Patriots offense within three points. (New England won the game, 10-3, on a Marcus Jones touchdown punt return at the end of regulation)
Wilson immediately regretted his response when confronted by his father via text message.
‘Brother, what are you doing?’ Mike Wilson asked, as The New York Post reports.
After some initial signs to the contrary, benched New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson accepts responsibility for Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots and apologizes to his teammates for turning away the blame in his post-game comments.
The good news for Wilson is that head coach Robert Saleh isn’t turning his back on the struggling quarterback with strong arms
“I didn’t realize what I said,” Wilson said Wednesday after being demoted to the third rope in favor of Mike White. “I let my emotions get the best of me and it took a while after we were getting ready to leave and my dad called me. That was before I even got on the bus. He texted me and said, ‘What did you say?’
“I was like, ‘I’m not sure,’ Wilson said. ‘He sent [the TV clip] for me and instantly, I knew I was letting my emotions get the better of me.
The response sparked a flurry of criticism against the 23-year-old, including reports that Jets defenders were unhappy. Perhaps more damning was a critical tweet from Cowboys defensive back Jourdan Lewis: “You don’t owe your defense.”
The tweet was “liked” by Jets rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner, who admitted Wednesday that he had no intention of responding to the post: “Didn’t mean to do this… I’m just gonna do this. scroll and my finger presses the button.’
Regardless, Wilson has since apologized for the comment to his teammates.
“I just wanted to talk to the guys,” Wilson said. “That was the only thing I could think of for the past few days – I wanted the opportunity to talk to these guys and really do it from the heart.”
The sophomore quarterback was undeniably bad at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Sunday, completing just 9 of 22 passes for 77 yards. But as bad as he played, he only made things worse in the post-match press conference. “No,” Wilson told reporters on Sunday when asked if he had let down a Jets defense that kept the Patriots offense at three points.
Wilson even sought out teammates, in particular, like cornerback DJ Reed.
“Zach spoke to me after the game after I slipped and said what he said and he apologized and said he didn’t mean it that way, he was just frustrated,” Reed said. at Post. “He wasn’t trying to show defense. I didn’t take it personally. A lot of guys didn’t take it personally.
“What he said today was very authentic; it came from his heart. It was very real. He definitely poured out his heart, to say the least. He’s a competitive guy who wants his original job back, but at the same time, he’s going to support Mike 100%. [White, the new starter] and be a great leader, because he is one of our captains.
“If he hadn’t already, he definitely earned and earned everyone’s respect with what he said today.”
The good news for Wilson is that head coach Robert Saleh isn’t turning his back on the struggling, arm-strong quarterback.
‘Is this a small step back? Absolutely,” Saleh said. “But do I think it will be a big step forward when he gets the chance to reset?” Absolutely. So it’s not putting a nail in his coffin. It’s not that. It’s not close to that.
“But I believe that in the end he will be a rejuvenated and renewed young man.”
“It’s tough, man,” Wilson told reporters. ‘It’s never fun. The first thing that came to my mind was that I have to put in the work, I have to improve. The news did not come as a shock.
New York Jets quarterback Mike White has been promoted to the starting job