Zach Wilson Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been a ton of criticism surrounding New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson after his horrific play on Sunday against the New England Patriots, and later his refusal to take any accountability for his poor performance after the game.

A number of Jets players were notably upset after Wilson said that he did not let the Jets’ defense down against New England despite only scoring three points on offense in the game.

It’s clear that this situation has caused a clear divide in the Jets locker room, and Wilson addressed his comments on Wednesday.

“The way that I handled the situation wasn’t right,” said Wilson via SNY. “I’ve got to be a better football player and then I’ve got to be a better leader for these guys. I have an opportunity to turn the page here as a player and a leader.”

This also comes on the same day that the decision was made by Jets head coach Robert Saleh that Wilson will not start this weekend against the Chicago Bears.

Mike White will be the team’s starter for the upcoming matchup, with veteran quarterback Joe Flacco serving as the team’s primary backup for the game. Wilson will be inactive.

While an apology is a good start for Wilson to get back into the good graces of his teammates, many believe that he still has a long way to go to get his starting job back.

It’s hard to see exactly where the Jets go from here with Wilson. The Jets have actually performed well with Wilson under center this year, with a 5-2 record in games he has started this year.

However, the team has been winning in spite of him rather than because of him. New York notably spent a ton of capital on Wilson, selecting him with the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

He may get another chance to start for the organization, but he will first need to prove he can be a good teammate from the bench this weekend.

[SNY Jets on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.