Zach Wilson Called 'Disaster' by NFL Twitter During Jets' Loss to Patriots

Adam WellsOctober 30, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 30: Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets throws the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Any hope New York Jets fans had about Zach Wilson having potentially turned a corner went away in spectacular fashion during Sunday's 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Wilson finished 20-of-41 for 355 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Two of those picks came on back-to-back possessions in the second half and were among the worst plays any quarterback has made all season.

Connor Hughes @Connor_J_Hughes

What an absolutely horrendous throw from Zach Wilson. Horrible. <br><br>He had Denzel Mims wide open — was waving his hand and everything. <br><br>Instead, Wilson just casually tosses one toward the sideline and it's picked off. <br><br>That's mind-numbing bad.

Leaving out the fourth-quarter comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, Wilson's season stat line is almost impossibly bad.

Connor Hughes @Connor_J_Hughes

Zach Wilson, in every quarter aside from that fourth against the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Steelers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Steelers</a>, this season<br><br>61 of 117 (52%) for 770 yards, TD, 5 INT, QB rating of 58. <br><br>That's not progress from a second-year quarterback. It's just not good enough. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jets</a>

The first came on a bootleg when Wilson held on to the ball long enough to let a defender get in his face and caused him to throw in the direction of a receiver who was triple-covered, though it's not clear he was actually aiming at the wideout based on where Devin McCourty caught the pass.


🚨 <a href="https://twitter.com/McCourtyTwins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@McCourtyTwins</a> INT 🚨 Devin now has 32 interceptions, tied for the MOST among active players. <br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NEvsNYJ?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NEvsNYJ</a> on CBS<br>📱: Stream on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/FzCADVP5Ro">https://t.co/FzCADVP5Ro</a> <a href="https://t.co/nhzNTnfmpt">pic.twitter.com/nhzNTnfmpt</a>

Zack Rosenblatt @ZackBlatt

Zach Wilson just made one of the worst decisions I've seen him make. I'm truly baffled.<br><br>No one was open so he basically just lobbed it up to a Patriots DB.<br><br>Just an embarrassing play.

Connor Hughes @Connor_J_Hughes

What an absolutely horrendous throw from Zach Wilson. Horrible. <br><br>He had Denzel Mims wide open — was waving his hand and everything. <br><br>Instead, Wilson just casually tosses one toward the sideline and it's picked off. <br><br>That's mind-numbing bad.

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

And that is the dagger. Zach Wilson an absolutely inexcusable mistake. The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jets</a> have made strides. They have a lot to build on. But unless that kid gets it, it isn’t gonna be enough.

The next interception may have been worse because it's not even clear what Wilson was trying to do.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Zach Wilson has 3 INTs today 😶<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/Patriots?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Patriots</a>)<a href="https://t.co/SUeqgoRDZU">pic.twitter.com/SUeqgoRDZU</a>

Ian Hartitz @Ihartitz

Zach Wilson is like if Patrick Mahomes played every game black out drunk

Steve Palazzolo @PFF_Steve

How is every Zach Wilson pass attempt released a few feet from the sideline?

The Jet Press @TheJetPress

Zach Wilson has the mechanics/footwork of a freshman college QB right now.<br><br>Every throw is an adventure because his base his wide and he doesn’t set his feet.<br><br>His mechanics are completely broken. Worse than last year.

Evan Lazar @ezlazar

Zach Wilson now has three interceptions in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jets</a> last five possessions. These throws are non-competitive.

Sean Fennessey @SeanFennessey

Football is the only sport that features the mass psychosis of an entire fanbase knowing a player (QB) isn’t the guy after one or two games while still having to sit through 2-3 years of play before moving on. Singularly awful experience.

The Jets clearly have a defense capable of competing with anyone. The Patriots offense, which has been a mess all season, had nothing going in this game.

Mac Jones didn't play much better than Wilson. He finished with 194 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception on 35 attempts. The Patriots did rack up 127 yards on the ground, but it came on 34 carries for an average of 3.7 yards per attempt.

New York's last five opponents have failed to score more than 22 points. Adding to the frustration for Jets fans is Wilson actually played well to start this game. He was 7-of-12 for 132 yards and a touchdown pass to Tyler Conklin after the first three drives early in the second quarter.

That actually led to some optimism from NFL Twitter about Wilson, though some of it was couched in concern that doom could come at any moment.

Mina Kimes @minakimes

Zach Wilson having his best game of the year today. I’m sure this tweet with 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter won’t backfire at all.

The Jet Press @TheJetPress

Zach Wilson is proving right now that he can be a good NFL QB. He’s not incapable.<br><br>It’s just about consistency and confidence.<br><br>Right now, Zach is confident and the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jets</a> offense looks great as a result.

It's understandable the Jets would want to give Wilson every opportunity to figure things out because they used the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft on him.

At this point, 18 games into his career, Wilson has done nothing to suggest he can even be a viable starter in the NFL. He has only thrown a touchdown in two of his five starts this season. His interception rate of 3.5 percent (five on 142 pass attempts) is an increase from his rookie season (2.9 percent).

Head coach Robert Saleh has to figure out an answer at quarterback for the rest of this season, but barring a turnaround over the next two months, it's safe to say Wilson shouldn't be the starter in 2023.