Jets Playing With Fire When it Comes to QB Depth Chart
Nobody seems to notice, and until it burns the Jets in a big spot nobody will care, but Gang Green is playing with fire when it comes to their QB depth chart. While fans duke it out on social media over whether or not Zach Wilson is good enough to continue winning football games, the Jets continue to take an unnecessary risk at the quarterback behind Wilson.
Just over a month ago the Jets signed veteran backup Trevor Siemian when things looked to be heading south with Zach Wilson. Siemian gave the Jets a bit of insurance if the Jets couldn’t start winning football games and Wilson was at fault. Since that time, Wilson and the Jets gave the Chiefs all they could handle before winning consecutive games against the Broncos, Eagles and Giants.
All that time, Siemian has remained on the team’s practice squad while Tim Boyle has been the number two quarterback every week. The same Tim Boyle who has appeared in just 17 career games (3 starts), throwing just 3 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. Meanwhile, Siemian isn’t going to make anyone forget Dan Marino anytime soon, but has been the far better pro quarterback.
It’s true that most of Siemians work has come in spot duty, but he has racked up 30 career starts, throwing 42 touchdowns to just 28 interceptions. He’s the more experienced and better performing QB of the two by a wide margin on a team that really can’t afford to lose any games they’re in position to win.
So while both Siemian and Boyle may rest quietly deep in the back the minds of Jets fans, if Wilson were to go down early on in a game, it’s not out of the question to suggest the team’s entire season rests on the shoulders of Boyle, who has never won an NFL game. Here’s to hoping it remains a story that few fans are thinking about.