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Former Jets Pile on Zach Wilson Following Week 11 Disaster

David Kaestle
Damian Woody and Rex Ryan destroy Zach Wilson following their Week 11 loss.
Damian Woody and Rex Ryan destroy Zach Wilson following their Week 11 loss. / Associated Press
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With plenty of anticipation built ahead of the New York Jets Week 11 rematch with the New England Patriots they fell flat on their face. Well, half the team did. The Jets' defense was incredible, not allowing a touchdown the entire day. The Patriots' only touchdown came on essentially a walk-off punt return touchdown with just a few seconds remaining.

The offense, however, was embarrassingly bad, completing just 9 passes the entire day. That gave them fewer completions than punts.

Quarterback Zach Wilson, further ticked off the fanbase with his clueless and snippy response in the post-game presser when asked if the offense let the defense down.

Taking that attitude following one of the worst performances we've seen this season is a big red flag. The performance itself was obviously terrible, and the lack of self-awareness and accountability is not only alarming from your starting quarterback, but it's also infuriating. And that's the exact reaction it resulted in from a few former Jets.

Damien Woody is spot on. If Zach Wilson was not the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, you could justify sending him to sit on the pine for either his performance or his answer, your pick.

Former Jets head coach Rex Ryan said it perfectly. "This kid doesn't get it." He's absolutely right, Wilson should have taken responsibility as a leader, even if it wasn't his fault. The issue is, it most definitely was his fault.

Ryan went on to explain how much more impressive Mark Sanchez was during tough times in New York, and talk about what it means to be a leader and a quarterback of an NFL team.

Not a lie was told in any of that criticism and Wilson needs to take that in stride and make sure he absorbs all of it. He has the chance to turn things around this year both on the field and in the press room, but Wilson showed on Sunday that not only does his play need some adjustment, so does his attitude.

If the Jets want to have any chance at doing something meaningful this season, Wilson will have to accomplish both, immediately. He will get his first chance at redemption in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears, where New York is a 5.5-point home favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NFL odds.

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