In a candid statement, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh emphasized that rookie quarterback Zach Wilson acknowledges the need for improvement in his performance. Wilson, facing a challenging start to his NFL career, is striving to make substantial progress.
Having played three games, Wilson has thrown two touchdowns but also suffered four interceptions, contributing to the Jets’ offensive struggles. In the recent game against the New England Patriots, he completed 18 of 36 passes for 157 yards, without a touchdown.
Saleh emphasized the importance of maintaining self-belief and the consistent pursuit of excellence in practice. He underlined that despite acknowledging areas for growth, Wilson must retain confidence in his abilities.
To bolster their quarterback roster, the Jets signed Trevor Siemian, a seasoned player with 30 career starts. However, Siemian will be inactive for Week 4 as the Jets face the Kansas City Chiefs.
In terms of statistics, Wilson ranks 33rd in quarterback rating (26.7) and last in completion percentage (52.4) among qualified quarterbacks. Saleh emphasized the significance of translating positive practice momentum into game performance.
Saleh also responded to veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ observation that the team needs to mature. While acknowledging Rodgers’ experience and insights, Saleh stressed the importance of looking inward to overcome adversity.
Regarding comments from Jets legend Joe Namath critiquing Zach Wilson, Saleh acknowledged Namath’s stature in the organization and respected his right to express his opinion, even if they held differing views.