The New York Jets had a disastrous quarterback situation this past season with Zach Wilson at the helm, which has prompted the organization to look for outside help at the position this offseason.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh discussed the situation after hiring former Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett as the team’s new offensive coordinator, detailing that they are “committed” to looking for a veteran at quarterback.
“The quarterback position obviously with all the different interviews was the number one concern,” said Saleh on hiring Hackett. “It was simple, we are committed to finding a veteran. We didn’t get into names. I doubt that he has even studied those guys yet which he is going to start next week. We didn’t get into specifics about names, but it was talked about that we do plan on bringing in a veteran quarterback.”
"The quarterback position was the #1 concern. We're committed to finding a veteran."
– Robert Saleh on the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett and the future of the Jets' QB position pic.twitter.com/ic1b4ZolZS
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) January 26, 2023
Salah also said that they plan to develop Wilson, but this likely means that whoever they bring in as a veteran will likely be the team’s starter for the upcoming season.
The New York Jets hiring of Hackett as their new offensive coordinator has led many to believe that Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers could potentially be headed to New York. This will not silence those rumors given Hackett’s lengthy relationship with Rodgers in Green Bay.
Saleh had previously said that the Jets would “go through hell or high water” to help Zach Wilson succeed in New York. These comments on potentially bringing in his veteran replacement certainly make it feel like that plan for Wilson may be abandoned.