Zach Wilson has had a tough week.
The New York Jets quarterback lost his starting job after head coach Robert Saleh told reporters Mike White would start Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Wilson didn’t only lose his starting job, but he won’t even be active against the Bears, meaning Joe Flacco will be the backup.
Not only that, but now he is getting ripped on in a different sport. During this Thursday’s basketball game between Saint Mary’s and Vanderbilt, play-by-play announcer Eric Rothman took a shot at Wilson.
“Liam Robbins, who just checked back into the game, throws an errant pass,” Rothman said. “They call that the Zach Wilson, I believe.”
On the field, Wilson is coming off a brutal performance. He went 9-of-22 for 77 yards in an ugly 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots that didn’t feature a single offensive touchdown. His bad play led to his team punting the ball ten times, the last of which led to a game winning return by Marcus Jones.
In the aftermath, wide receiver Garrett Wilson publicly criticized the offense, and cornerback Sauce Gardner and defensive end John Franklin-Myers liked tweets that were critical of the quarterback before saying everything on social media was done accidentally.
Despite the drama, this is far from a lost season for the Jets. They are 6-4 and in a battle for an AFC wild-card spot. Sunday is a golden opportunity to get right against the Bears.
White appeared in four games last season and completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 953 yards, five touchdowns, and eight interceptions.