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Jets' Sauce Gardner: I Didn't Mean to Like Tweet Calling out Zach Wilson's Comments

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVNovember 21, 2022

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson talks with reporters following a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots following an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
AP Photo/Steven Senne

The New York Jets may be 6-4, but all is clearly not well in the locker room.

Frustration with the team's offensive struggles bubbled over after Sunday's 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots, with wide receiver Garrett Wilson ripping the offensive performance and two defensive players liking tweets seemingly ripping quarterback Zach Wilson.

Cornerback Sauce Gardner and defensive end John Franklin-Myers liked tweets where the second-year quarterback said he did not feel the offense let down a stellar performance from the defense.

Jets Today @NYJetsToday_

I guess Sauce Gardner accidentally liked this tweet just like JFM did 🙄<br><br>Put in Mike White. It’s over.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jets</a> <a href="https://t.co/XfDQesP1r7">pic.twitter.com/XfDQesP1r7</a>

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<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jets</a> John Franklin-Myers isn’t too happy with Zach Wilson 😬 <a href="https://t.co/B0W6aIqrW9">pic.twitter.com/B0W6aIqrW9</a>

Both players have since said the likes were accidents.

SAUCE @iamSauceGardner

I swear I didn’t mean to like this tweet. I only found out because yall started tagging me. We gon’ be straight❕ <a href="https://t.co/zQJhVRSM7V">https://t.co/zQJhVRSM7V</a>

John Franklin-Myers @J_FranklinMyers

Jets Twitter, I ain’t mean to like that tweet! We got faith in Zach for sure! Y’all stop looking for problems, we got 7 games left to ball😂

Both players have since said the likes were accidents.

Anyone who has used social media knows accidental likes happen. They're just a light tap of the finger away as you're scrolling the timeline.

That said, it's noteworthy that these accidents came from two prominent defensive players following one of the worst offensive performances of the season. The Jets totaled just two yards in the second half—a leaguewide season low for yards in a half—and lost on a last-second punt return touchdown by Marcus Jones.

"This s--t is sorry," Garrett Wilson told reporters. "We're out here looking sorry—and we know that we're not sorry. That's why it really hurts. We know we're better than that. That's why it hurts. ... It starts in practice. It's got to be better, the things we see and don't call out. It has to start getting called out. This is unacceptable. No one wants to feel like this, but that's not enough. ... Hopefully, this is a wake-up for some people in the facility, people in the facility to get on their details."

Wilson said he did not feel the Jets offense let the defense down despite New York holding the Patriots to a lone field goal. The Jets sacked Patriots quarterback Mac Jones six times and held running back Rhamondre Stevenson to 26 yards on 15 carries.

Wilson was only making his 20th NFL appearance Sunday, but his lack of accountability highlights the BYU product needs a lot of work—both under center and as a leader. The Jets win that game with even garden-variety bad quarterback play; what Wilson provided was probably the single worst quarterback performance you'll see without an interception all season.

"I think you got to take into account it’s windy as hell out there too, guys," Wilson said. "There’s times where you can’t just completely try and take these shots down the field. You can see how much it’s moving out there."

Fellow second-year quarterback Mac Jones completed 23 of his 27 passes for 246 yards while dealing with the same wind.

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