Zach Wilson did not have a good showing on Sunday. He played so badly that many thought he could be the MVP for the Patriots.
The Pats committed six penalties, mustered just 288 yards of total offense, and allowed Mac Jones to be sacked six times. However, they had Zach Wilson on the other side gifting the defense three interceptions.
The Jets likely would have moved to 6-2 if it wasn’t for Wilson’s mistakes, and that is what upset one former player this week.
Appearing on ESPN’s “Get Up” Monday morning, NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky talked about Wilson and gave him some tough love by telling him to “grow the fudge up.”
“If I was in Zach Wilson’s quarterback room right now, this is what I would say to him: ‘It’s time to grow the fudge up, dude. Time to grow up, dude. You’re not in the Mountain West anymore, OK?'”
He would also go on to say “there’s a difference between carelessness and aggression. There’s a difference between confidence and ego. Right now, you play with such ego, such carelessness, such recklessness with the football.”
“This means you have to grow up,” Orlovsky said. “Right now, you’re holding your football team and certainly your offense back. You ain’t playing against the Mountain West anymore, dude. This is the NFL. And at some point, your organization is going to look at you and say ‘You ain’t the guy.’”
Wilson has incredible arm talent that led the Jets to draft him second overall out of BYU in 2021. However, he has shown little to no improvement so far this year.
Wilson has thrown 16 interceptions in 18 career games, and if he continues to play with such reckless abandon, the Jets don’t have much hope of making noise in the AFC, especially when it comes playoff time.