Zach Wilson is still “our quarterback” after the Jets lost to the Pats.

Zach Wilson is still “our quarterback” after the Jets lost to the Pats.

Zach Wilson is still “our quarterback” after the Jets lost to the Pats.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Tue New York Jets not considering a quarterback move — not this week, not for the rest of the season.

Zach Wilson received a strong vote of confidence Monday from coach Robert Saleh, who said he has “complete faith” in the sophomore quarterback despite three “backbreaking” interceptions on Sunday 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Saleh said he plans to ride Wilson for the duration barring injuries. “Right,” Saleh said. “He’s our quarterback.”

Wilson, drafted second overall in 2021, has never been benched despite numerous rocky performances in 18 career starts. He is 24th of 31 qualified passers in the overall QBR (41.8). After three straight games without turnover, he imploded against the Patriots, who ended the Jets’ four-game winning streak.

Trying to turn the positive, Saleh said Wilson is one of the reasons the Jets are a surprising 5-3.

“Nobody had five wins for us at this point to start the season and Zach has a big part in that,” he said.

“He’s gotten a lot better,” Saleh added. “We expect him to keep getting better. Do I expect everything to be clean? No, every quarterback has his days, but he’s our quarterback because we think he’s getting better and he’ll continue to prove why he was the No. 2 pick.”

Wilson has a crazy tendency to make mistakes when under pressure and trying to create something from nothing. All three interceptions came in games where he was pressured by a pass rusher. He admitted after the game, “Sometimes you sit there and you’re like, ‘Why did I just do that?'”

Citing a theme from last season, Saleh said Wilson needs to understand that “boring” can be good – meaning making a checkdown or throwing the ball wide.

“There’s this simple reminder: it’s okay to be bored and remember you have a bunch of guys in that dressing room who are also pretty good at football who have your back,” he said.

Saleh said Wilson was pushing, but quickly backed off on that word.

“I want to make sure I’m saying this correctly: he’s a young man who wants to prove his worth,” said the coach. “To be honest, you can prove your worth just by performing and getting your job done the best you can.”

Wilson completed just 54.9% of his passes, with three touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s averaging just 210 yards per game, boosted by his career-best 355 yards against the Patriots. In three of the four wins, he was essentially a referee, relying on running play and defense.

Saleh may have unwittingly sparked a potential controversy by charging mike white to Job #2 before Sunday’s game, demotion Joe Flaco to #3. The move is permanent, Saleh said, explaining that “we need to know what we have on Mike.”

White will get more practice reps as a second string, which means a chance to develop his game. He’s also a fan favorite, meaning the home crowd could sing for him when Wilson fights the on Sunday buffalo bills.

“Yes, it’s true, these (interceptions) can’t happen”, tight end CJ Usoma said. “He knows it, we know it as a team. At the same time, he made good decisions. He had really good balls. He did the right things. not walking the right routes correctly. It always comes back to the quarterback and he has to carry that burden, but it’s our job to make sure he knows he’s not a one-man team.



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