New York City sports radio legend Mike Francesa knows what Zach Wilson needs to do in 2023 and beyond as long as Aaron Rodgers remained the starter.
Wilson came into the 2022 season with a ton of hype, albeit it was because of some off-the-field rumors, but he failed to show much of anything to suggest he would be the quarterback of the future. Things got even worse after he failed to take responsibility for the way the offense performed in a brutal loss to the New England Patriots. Months later, the Jets acquired Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers and brought hope to the Jets faithful.
Even his teammates wanted Rodgers badly and weren’t shy about recruiting him.
Now, what do the Jets do about Wilson heading into 2023?
Francesa appeared on his BetRivers podcast and said he did not think Rodgers would be teaching Wilson anything as he was not brought to the team to do that.
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Francesa then gave some harsh advice to Wilson.
“He is going to have to suck it up, practice, practice, practice, hustle, learn and all that time just keep his mouth shut,” Francesa said, via the New York Post. “He has been handed a very, very tough road to travel. Maybe he comes out the other side, maybe he doesn’t. If it does, it’ll be a hell of a story.
“He earned the place he’s got now. He was that bad. So, he has got to put in the time, learn his craft, work on his footwork, and learn how to quarterback. He’s going to get a chance to watch and see how one of the greatest quarterbacks in history prepares.”
Before it was known that the Jets would pursue Rodgers, Wilson made clear in January that any veteran presence the team brought in at quarterback he would give him “hell” in practice.
In 22 games over his first two seasons, Wilson has 4,022 passing yards, 15 touchdown passes, and 18 interceptions. The Jets are 8-14 in his starts.
For his sake, he better learns something for Rodgers so he can salvage his career.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.