Zach Wilson was the story of the day on Sunday both on the field, and in the post-game NY Jets press conference. On Monday the story of the day was about Robert Saleh not committing to starting Zach Wilson on Sunday vs the Bears. Let’s take a look at what Saleh had to say.
I’ve just been dealing with so many different things right now. I’m going to get to the tape and evaluate everything. I’ll leave it at that. We’re keeping everything on the table over the next couple of days.
Not committing to Zach?
Not right now. Not until I’m done evaluating everything.
I’ve got to be able to sit back, I think we all have to be able to sit back and just look at what’s best for this organization and this team. It’s not all about the quarterback. I want to be very, very clear. It’s not all about the quarterback. There’s a lot of things that we can do better as coaches. There’s a lot of things that the o-line needs to do better, receivers, running backs, tight ends, play caller. There’s defense, everybody, special teams. I get it where everyone looks at the quarterback and wants to throw everything on him. It’s not always about the quarterback, but there’s also an evaluation process to make sure that we’re doing what’s best for the organization, and that’s every position. That’s quarterback position, that’s receiver, that’s all of them, offense, defense, and special teams. Like I said, I’m a little behind and it’s just things that I’ve got to go through in my own process to make sure I catch up.
Is Mike White the other option?
I haven’t even thought about it. Everyone is on the table.
How did Zach handle himself after last night’s game? Accountability>
Obviously, football is an emotional game. I’m not going to shy away from the fact that I do think he is the ultimate competitor. He wants to win about as much as anybody. He works as hard as anybody. It means so much to him. Can he be a little bit better in front of you guys and when he’s up here on the podium in terms of the expectation that when you are standing in front of the podium, it’s our job to take bullets and own it, especially when it’s time to own it? Yeah, of course he can, but I don’t think it’s indicative of how he feels about his team or teammates. I don’t think he’s naïve to the fact that the offense didn’t play to the best of their ability while the defense is out there balling out. I don’t think that’s what he was trying to convey, I really don’t. Obviously, he can be a little bit better. I think he’ll be better for it.
Do you worry about him losing the faith and belief of the locker room?
No, those guys are in the locker room, they talk to each other all the time. It’s probably more of a question for the locker room, but I don’t think so. I think these guys understand that. I think players have empathy for one another, they know how hard this job is, they understand it all. I’ve said it before, he without sin cast the first stone, we all make mistakes and I think Zach will, like I said, is it a mistake? Sure. Is this something that he’ll get better from? Absolutely.
Saleh was also asked who is involved in this decision and he said:
All hands-on deck. So, obviously coaching staff, and just going through the tape and trying to figure out what’s best for this organization.
This includes Joe Douglas.
The next time the media will have access to the head coach will be on Wednesday at 11:35am.