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NY Jets: Benching Zach Wilson would be a terrible idea

Leigh Oleszczak
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Any optimism that NY Jets fans had entering the 2021 season has all but disappeared after the team is 0-3 and once again looks like the worst team in the NFL.

The pessimism surrounding the team now has led people to jump to the ultimate conclusion that second overall pick Zach Wilson is already a bust and should be given up on.

Jummy Owookade of FanSided.com included Wilson on his list of quarterbacks who deserve to be benched after their Week 3 performances.

"It’s early but the Jets may want to consider making a change at the quarterback position if they have any aspirations of some semblance of success this season and possibly the next. Wilson was drafted as the savior of New York, the one meant to inspire and get them back to winning. But he hasn’t shown nearly a glimmer of that ability yet."

Jummy Owookade

While Owookade is entitled to his own opinion (as is everyone), this is the wrong take. Benching Wilson would be the worst move for the Jets and it'd put them in the same spot they've found themselves in for the past decade (or even longer).

No, the NY Jets should not bench Zach Wilson.

There's no reason to sugarcoat it — it hasn't been pretty for Wilson through the first three games of his career. He's thrown for 628 yards, two touchdowns, and seven picks thus far with four of those interceptions coming in that ugly Week 2 outing against the New England Patriots.

As bad as Wilson has been, the Jets' poor performance hasn't been all Wilson's fault. He actually looked better this past week than he did last week, although the final score and numbers wouldn't necessarily indicate as such.

If the Jets bench Wilson, that's going to hurt his confidence even more. They won't win games with Mike White at the helm and even if they do, that means nothing for the future of this team.

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It's been bad for Zach Wilson but benching him would be just about the worst thing the NY Jets could do moving forward.

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