The NY Jets lost to the Bills 32-6 in what might be Zach Wilson’s last game with the team. It was a big game for the Jets, who are clinging to playoff hopes, and they fell flat.
Wilson, who I have defended in recent weeks, had an awful game and was rightfully benched. Although I still do not think that the offensive failures are all on him, Wilson reverted to forcing throws, threw an interception, and had another one dropped. After that, it was only a matter of time before they benched him in a blowout loss.
The Jets will now start Tim Boyle in the first-ever Black Friday game against the Miami Dolphins. Wilson might even get released at some point in the future.
It was a disaster of the game for the Jets and Wilson. Neither of them is doing each other any favors, and throwing him out there again this season is not going to help anyone.
Zach Wilson’s Week 11 performance
Wilson completed 7-of-15 passes for 81 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The offense was stale and stagnant yet again, and the issues were the same as we have seen all season.
The offensive line lets up a lot of pressure (35 percent per Pro Football Focus), and playmakers have drops (two for Wilson and two for Boyle). It is not a good situation for any backup quarterback, but at this point, a change was needed.
Wilson finished with a 32.2 offensive grade from PFF — a lower grade than Tim Boyle (59.2) and, funny enough, Thomas Morstead (70.7). That is the third-lowest grade of his career.
Wilson is benched now, but I am not sure if it matters who starts between Wilson, Boyle, or even Trevor Siemian.
The offense is hampered by a bad offensive coordinator, an already not-great offensive line full of injuries, and a playmaker group that has just been bad. Even Breece Hall and Garrett Wilson, the offense’s two best players, have made crucial mistakes.
Not many quarterbacks could make this work — maybe Aaron Rodgers could, but no backup could. Seeing a full game of Boyle and possibly Siemian will tell us more, but in the short time we saw of Boyle in this game, he dealt with the same issues.
The Jets' offensive problems go deeper than quarterback. Wilson was clearly not the answer, but once Rodgers went down, who was going to be?
Week 11 Grade: D-