Confirmation bias can ruin a ball club

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Clearly it’s not all Zach Wilson’s fault, but the Jets better go out and sign another QB this week.

Nothing has really changed from last year.

There is no doubt the pass protection can be better on some plays, but Wilson continues to be a one-read QB, and if the OC doesn’t dial an ideal first-read, like on the Garrett Wilson 68-yard crossing route that went for a TD, it’s hard to have success with him under center.

And to expect an OC to be perfect all the time, no matter who is he, is asking too much

No doubt that Micah Parsons had a tremendous game today rushing the passer, with two sacks and a few more QB pressures, but there was a play in the third quarter that kind of sums up a big problem Wilson’s game – he’s not processing fast enough.

Late in the third quarter, DT Osa Odighizuwa sacked Wilson. On the play, the Jets went with an empty backfield and five receivers. Wilson held the ball too long and was sacked.

“You can’t hold the ball on an empty backfield.,” said Tony Romo after the sack.

It’s time to end the confirmation bias when it comes to Wilson and consider starting Tim Boyle, and go out and sign another QB, perhaps Colt McCoy.

The Jets have too much talent to put being right after Wilson ahead of trying to compete for a playoff spot this year, even without Aaron Rodgers.

Romo, who rarely says anything bad about people, was dropping hints throughout the game about his concern with Wilson.

“I would want him to make the decision a second sooner,” Romo said on a play where Wilson was sacked late first half.

We have written over and over that Wilson needs to speed up his internal clock, and it doesn’t seem to be happening.

What is going to happen next week, when the Jets play New England at home, if Wilson doesn’t start playing better.

He could get booed out of the stadium. It could get ugly.

And this idea that Wilson improved after Aaron Rodgers mentored him for a few months seems like a stretch.

Do you really think mentoring a QB for four months is going to change a lot about his game?

This wasn’t Jordan Love sitting behind Rodgers for three years, we are talking about four months, and not really four months, more like three months, since the team broke after minicamp and didn’t return until a month later for training camp,

And you can mentor a QB in meetings and on the practice field, but once the real bullets are flying in real games, and the QB is facing pass rushers trying to punish him on every play, and disguised defenses, all the mentoring can go by the wayside. The mentor can’t be your eyes and ears in real action.

Diana Russini reported “The New York Jets reached out to veteran free-agent QBs and it was the same message with each “If you come here, Zach Wilson is the starter. You will be the backup.”

Why would they sign?

Stop being petulant about this.

If you reach out to a QB, tell him he will have a chance to start.

Unless being right about Zach Wilson takes precedence over everything else.

September 17, 2023

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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