The NY Jets have been struggling to find a quarterback for many, many years, and one of the biggest reasons for this is inept drafting that failed to surround any QB with talent. But that’s an excuse no one can have with Joe Douglas.
In just two and a half years as general manager of the Jets, Douglas has given Zach Wilson an entirely new supporting cast of electric, tough, and talented players. It’s time that he delivers in 2022.
The Jets have now got Wilson three very talented receivers (Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson), two very good backs (Breece Hall, Michael Carter), a phenomenal offensive line led by Alijah Vera-Tucker and Laken Tomlinson), and a new tight end group. The excuses must end now.
That statement may be a bit harsh on Wilson who isn’t being given the time to succeed like Sam Darnold was with much lesser talent, but given the longest active playoff drought in the NFL, the pressure is most certainly on.
The NY Jets hope Zach Wilson is the answer at QB
The Jets may have finally found the right QB to handle the pressure too as Wilson was calm and collected during his rookie 2021 campaign, in which he made significant progress throughout the entire year.
Sure, we’ve heard about rookies coming back with 'confidence’ and 'swagger’ in year two before, but with Wilson, it truly feels different. He could be the X-factor this team has been seeking, but only time will tell.
Either way, with a beefed-up offensive line and weapons all over the field, this team should score plenty of points. While Wilson might not be replaced next year if he fails to deliver the playoffs, time certainly will be ticking.
Ultimately, this Jets roster finally feels different from all the 'rebuilds' the Jets have done in the past, and with the great job Douglas has done since taking over, this could lead to a period of great prosperity for the organization.