The New York Jets have slipped out of playoff position, and Zach Wilson could pay the price

After a tough game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson brushed aside the notion that he and the Jets offense had let down their defense during the 10-3 loss.

Now Wilson has to wonder if he’ll take the field with that unit the next time the Jets play a game.

In a meeting with the media Monday afternoon, Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters he was “not committed” to Wilson as the team’s starting quarterback in Week 12 when the Jets take on the Chicago Bears. Saleh told reporters that the Jets “keep everything on the table‘ when it comes to the quarterback position.

Saleh also addressed Wilson’s post-game comments. Against the Patriots on Sunday, the Jets’ defense held New England to just three points, stopping them on a critical fourth game, firing Mac Jones six times and keeping the Patriots’ fast attack under 100 yards. When you put up these kinds of defensive numbers, you tend to win the soccer game.

However, Wilson and the Jets’ offense struggled, and much of the post-loss discussion revolved around the quarterback’s play. The sophomore passed just 9 of 22 passes for 77 yards and after the game focused on the wind — and elsewhere — while shifting the blame from himself.

Wilson’s comments drew attention both outside and inside the Jets dressing room. Saleh addressed those comments when speaking to the media on Monday:

The head coach also addressed comments from rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who called out the team for an “apology” effort:

The head coach stated that he addressed the situation with Wilson, who was informed that his job “in heaven,‘ and that the quarterback took the discussion ‘professionally’:

In many ways, Saleh had no choice but to open the door to a quarterback change. While the Jets’ loss on Sunday lowered their playoff chances somewhat, this is still a talented team with one of the best defenses in the NFL. The head coach knows the window is open for a playoff run and that he risks losing the dressing room — and the veterans on the roster — if he doesn’t address an issue holding the team back.

This goes beyond Wilson’s comments. Yes, leadership is a big part of quarterback position, and teams need their quarterback to take the blame for offensive struggles even when other issues are at play. It’s the ultimate “The Buck Stops With Me” position in esports, and when Wilson dismisses the questions or blames it on the bettor, it shows a lack of accountability that his teammates will see and interpret as they see fit .

But the bigger problem is his game on the field. Wilson appears to have taken a step back this season, from his footwork in the pocket — even when clean but particularly under pressure — to his decision-making and ball placement. He lacks easy shots, misses big game opportunities because his eyes and feet are out of sync, and his play when under pressure is perhaps the worst in the league. Under pressure this season, Wilson has had an adjusted completion rate of just 41.4%, according to chart data from Pro Football Focus.

38th place out of 39 qualified passers-by.

The Jets have the potential to be a playoff team, but thanks to Sunday’s loss, if the postseason started today, they would be watching from home along with the rest of us. Something has to change for New York to avoid this fate.

And today, the head coach opened the door for that change at the quarterback position.

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