Zach Wilson will need to show more comfort within the pocket to elevate the NY Jets' offense moving forward. To the credit of Nathaniel Hackett and the offensive line, Wilson has played less timidly over the last three games.
Consistent implementation of motion can be a way to keep the offense ahead of the sticks. The Jets motioned on only 18 of 59 snaps against the Eagles. Increasing their motion percentage would require quicker play calls from the sideline to avoid delay-of-game penalties.
Sending the running back or receiver to the boundary often helps declare the difference between man or zone coverage. This speeds up the passing progression for Wilson. Eliminating covered receivers from the progression allows Wilson to check the ball down to Breece Hall.
A huge problem is that Hackett initially designed this offense for Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers never needed to play on schedule in part because of his arm talent. Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard were brought into this scheme for continuity, but they're lacking breakaway speed.
They are complementary to the running game and can square up on defensive backs. Screen passes to Hall and Dalvin Cook out of 12 personnel can set up easy completions for Wilson.
He may need to physically "see" the completions before he begins playing looser. Rhythm cannot be overlooked when assessing a quarterback's assuredness.
How much is Zach Wilson to blame for the NY Jets' offensive struggles?
Some of the responsibility certainly falls on Wilson’s shoulders. During the Eagles game, he began to lock onto Garrett Wilson, allowing the secondary to pin their ears back. Wilson became understandably flustered by the Eagles pass rush.
He moved forward from a clean pocket, which unnecessarily accelerates the progression process. The Jets didn’t convert a third down until the 4:47 mark of the third quarter. They were previously 0-6. Only five red zone touchdowns have occurred for them this season.
Winning ugly still matters, but it’s often unsustainable. In 2023, an efficient passing offense has to be a part of increasing your win total. The Jets have room for growth in terms of creativity with motion and implementing a screen game.