After a tumultuous performance against the New England Patriots, the NY Jets benched Zach Wilson in favor of Mike White and secured a 31-10 win against the Chicago Bears.
Mike White: Part Two
Although Wilson might have more natural talent than White, it is hard to argue White is not more fit to run this offense right now. Finishing 22-of-28 for 315 yards and three touchdowns, White took what the Bears’ defense gave him and made the routine plays look exactly how they are supposed to: routine.
“He didn't need to be anybody but Mike White,” head coach Robert Saleh said. “He made the easy look easy and I thought he did a really great job with that.”
While there is nothing White did on Sunday that will put him on the SportsCenter Top 10, he did his job and, as a result, made everybody around him look good as well.
Whether it was Garrett Wilson recording five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns or Elijah Moore with two catches for 64 yards and a score, the Jets’ offense looked like a completely different animal under White. The Pembroke Pines native also did a proficient job sharing the wealth as 10 different receivers recorded a catch.
Props to Robert Saleh
While many will argue it came too late, Saleh should be commended for making the tough decision to bench Wilson in favor of White.
While Wilson’s decision-making on and off the field likely warranted the change, he is still a former second-overall pick so to sit him down shows the level of commitment Saleh has for this team and season.
“Personally the way I approach the quarterback position is being a calming presence in the huddle,” White said. “Especially when things aren't going well because that's when things can start to spiral.”
Although Saleh said earlier in the week this benching does not spell the end of Wilson in the green and white, if White continues to play anywhere close to how he did today it will be impossible to justify putting Wilson back into the starting lineup anytime soon.
The Jets have made it clear they intend to make a push for the playoffs and they do not care if it is on the back of the prized 2021 selection or a former fifth-round pick.
Another strong defensive showing from the NY Jets
After falling behind 10-7 following a four-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Siemian to Byron Pringle, Gang Green’s defense was able to settle down and shut the Bears out the rest of the way and allowed just 52 passing yards in the second half.
“I'm just grateful I get to stand up here today and be the person who I know I am and contribute to a winning game,” Elijah Moore said. “I'm really just blessed.”
The Jets' defense has shown time and again they are capable of taking over and putting the Jets in a position to win just about any game that is placed in front of them.
Now, it is all about continuing to put their best foot forward because the schedule does not get any easier for Gang Green and the chase for the playoffs will only get hotter.