- Wilson failed to make a single pass to a wide receiver in a 32-6 loss for the Jets
- Journeyman quarterback Tim Boyle eventually replaced him in the third quarter
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New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh left the door open to a change at quarterback after hauling off Zach Wilson during Sunday’s loss at the Buffalo Bills.
Wilson endured yet another miserable evening as the Jets fell to a 32-6 defeat in Buffalo, completing just seven of 15 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
Astonishingly, the former No 2 draft pick also failed to make a single pass to a wide receiver on the night, before he was hauled off late in the third quarter and replaced by veteran Tim Boyle.
Saleh has often leapt to the defense of Wilson, who was promoted to starting quarterback after Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles in the reverse fixture against the Bills back in September.
Yet following Sunday’s latest dismal showing, the Jets coach refused to confirm whether he will remain a starter going forward.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh (left) left the door open to a change at quarterback after hauling off Zach Wilson (right) during Sunday’s loss at the Bills
Wilson endured yet another miserable evening as the Jets fell to a 32-6 defeat in Buffalo
He was eventually hauled off late in the third quarter and replaced by Tim Boyle (pictured)
When asked about Wilson’s failure to pick out a wide receiver in Buffalo, Saleh admitted: ‘I don’t have an answer for that.
‘Obviously, we’ll go back and watch all the tape. Whether it’s separation, being more decisive, protecting… like I said, none of it was good.’
After being benched twice last season as first-choice quarterback, Wilson’s future in New York could well hinge on Saleh’s team selections in their final seven regular-season fixtures.
‘We need to take accountability, and that starts with me – and I’m not getting it done,’ he conceded on Sunday.
However, in typical style Saleh also expressed support for the struggling quarterback and insisted once again that their problems run far deeper across the roster.
‘Like I told Zach on the sideline, it’s not just him,’ he added. ‘It’s easy to point the finger at the quarterback, but it’s pretty easy to see. You’ve got missed protections, you’ve got dropped balls, you’ve got missed routes.
‘Now, obviously, he has to get better. There are things he could’ve done a lot better, but it’s everyone right now.’