As the NY Jets prepare for the new season ahead, all eyes will be on rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. It might feel like déjà vu as it wasn't all that long ago that the Jets were right in this current situation with former quarterback Sam Darnold. With a new quarterback in town, a new coaching regime, and hopes that they can bounce back after a disastrous 2-14 season in 2020, all eyes will undoubtedly be on Wilson.
At this point in time, the Jets on paper look like a decent team. Their strength as a team is easily their defensive line but everything else is riddled with question marks. When it comes to the most important position of the team at quarterback, might be the biggest question mark of them all.
Wilson is coming in at a time where all eyes will be on whether or not he can be "the guy" for many years to come. It's not easy to thrive in the city that never sleeps but expectations should be low for Wilson's first season on the Jets. He is, after all, a rookie, and shouldn't be expected to know everything and execute flawlessly.
Shaun King doesn't feel Zach Wilson can lead the NY Jets to glory
Of course, we'd all love to see Wilson hit the NFL by storm and play lights out football but realistically, it's best to take things one week at a time when it comes to the Jets this upcoming season. Even former quarterback Shaun King feels the same but has recently been adamant that Wilson will not be "the guy" the Jets have been desperate to find after all these years.
In an article written by Mike Rosenstein of NJ.com, King did not hold back when it came to what Wilson brings to the table. Here is what he had to say as he feels the Jets are going to crash and burn with Wilson under center:
"“I mean, you can’t tell me that Zach Wilson is the second-best player in this past year’s draft. But the Jets are looking for that transcendent player. ... It’s gonna be a long season. ... The one thing that America is safe from is going to bars, J-E-T-S ... there will be none of that going on. I’m gonna tell you, that pick, that pick ... is going to age terribly. I’m on record as saying Kellen Mond or Kyle Trask will be better NFL quarterbacks than Zach Wilson. Write that down. Write that down.”"- Shaun King
In the grand scheme of things, yes, King has a point. Jets fans shouldn't expect Wilson to come in and immediately light up the stats sheet and win 14 games with the Jets. Sure, we'd all love that but keeping expectations realistic is the way to go. Especially when considering if the Jets won at least more than two games in 2021, that in itself is a victory towards a hopefully brighter season.
For Wilson, obviously, only time will tell how he pans out. It's his first year in the NFL so he will have some bad plays, dumb plays, great plays, and everything else in between. King going on record saying that other quarterbacks will definitely be better than Wilson is pretty bold but to each their own. At the end of the day, it'll easily take at least another two to three years with a strong supporting cast around Wilson to see if he can end up being that franchise quarterback we've all been dreaming about.
Until then, nobody can really say at this point in time if Wilson is "the guy" or not because it's way too early to tell. All we can do is just appreciate the fact that yes, the Jets drafted a potential future franchise quarterback and will do everything in their power to support him towards building a competitive, winning team. It takes time to build such a contender but for now, hope is in the air that yes, Wilson can indeed be "the guy" and that's all we need to get excited about his continued development.