After watching Jets QB Zach Wilson perform in his first scrimmage this past weekend, fans were quick to be overly concerned after he threw two interceptions, which was close to being three, and went just 11-for-24 for 112 yards.
The fans base might be losing their mind, but head coach Robert Saleh isn’t worried in the slightest about New York’s No. 2 overall selection.
“For most rookies, especially on the offensive side of the ball and everyone, it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Saleh told reporters on Monday. “It is what it is. It’s just a lot of things that happen. There’s a reason being a rookie is hard in this league.”
Saleh even referenced what Peyton Manning, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, did as a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts.
“There was a Hall-of-Famer yesterday that was inducted that had a 71 quarterback rating his rookie year. It’s not easy to play quarterback in this league as a rookie — especially quarterback,” he explained. “But it is going to get worse before it gets better, but he’s at that point where he’s going to be able to stack up days and we got all the utmost confidence in him and his ability to figure out the mistakes and correct them and get to a better place.”
“He’s fine. He’s going to be just fine. Like I said, there’s a process he has to go through.”
The Jets have not qualified for the playoffs since 2010 and haven’t won a game there since that year either. The fan base just wants some hope, any type of hope for the future.
In three seasons at BYU, Wilson passed for 7,652 yards with 56 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.