Zach Wilson ranks 34th in the NFL in passer rating. His 71.0 is ahead of only Kenny Pickett and behind even teammate Joe Flacco.
The Jets quarterback has three touchdowns and five interceptions, with three of those picks coming in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.
Coach Robert Saleh and Wilson’s teammates got their quarterback back this week, and General Manager Joe Douglas offered his support Tuesday.
“‘I’m sure he’ll tell you there are some throws he’d like to have back but, look, we’re 4-1 with Zach as our quarterback,'” Douglas said, via Zack Rosenblatt of TheAthletic.com. “In his first game back [against the Steelers], he brought us back from a double-digit deficit in hostile territory. I’m sure he’d say he’d like some of those throws back [against New England], but he also has nine explosive bruises. There’s a lot of good to be had in that game. I know the focus is on turnovers, but we love Zach. We love his approach every week. We love his competitive nature.
“He’s our quarterback.”
Douglas and Saleh tied for Wilson after drafting him second overall. Wilson is in just his second season and has played just 18 games in his career.
But the Jets need fewer turnovers from their quarterback than he did Sunday to have a chance to do what they believe they can do.
“It’s tough, because when you lose, the quarterback gets the blame, and it’s not always the quarterback’s fault,” Douglas said. “But . . . we will be hard to beat when we take care of the ball, when we don’t have self-injuries. We talk about that every week, how games are not won in this league; they disappeared. We have to take care of the ball, and with our defense and special teams, we’re going to be tough to beat. Focus on the turnover battle, focus on eliminating self-injuries, and that’s not all for Zach. That’s for the whole team.”
Joe Douglas: Zach Wilson is our quarterback who originally appeared on Pro Football Talk