If there was any doubt that Zach Wilson’s future with the New York Jets was over, coach Robert Saleh put to rest any of the concerns with his answers during his Monday afternoon press conference.
Shortly after he said that Wilson would be New York’s third-string quarterback on Friday against the Dolphins and that Trevor Simeian would be the backup to Tim Boyle, Saleh discussed the former’s future with the team.
“We’ll deal with it in the offseason,” Saleh said, via SNY’s Connor Hughes.
Saleh added that he wouldn’t look at Wilson’s tumultuous tenure with the Jets as a failure. Wilson, who was benched in favor of the well-traveled Boyle, ranks 30th out of 31 qualified quarterbacks in QBR and has a mere six touchdown passes on the season. Wilson’s three-year starting record stands at a lackluster 11-20, marred by 21 touchdowns and a staggering 25 interceptions.
With that, Saleh said that he still believes that the embattled Wilson is going to have a good career. What else is he supposed to say?
Asked to reflect on where the Jets could have gone differently during the pre-draft process that led them to Gunslinger out of BYU, who drew comparisons to Patrick Mahomes because of his ability to make off-schedule, off-platform throws, Saleh declined to answer.
“I’ve got my thoughts, I’ve shared them with Joe (Douglas),” said Saleh.
Saleh added that he would not be sharing those thoughts with the reporters in the room.
Mum on Wilson’s future, Saleh’s comments suggest that the 24-year-old Utah native is no longer in the team’s plans and that his future with the organization — which notably will be discussed in the offseason — is all but over.