How do you balance patience with Zach and being a playoff contender?

Robert Saleh made news on Monday when he said about Zach Wilson’s critics:

“The frustrating thing is that [Zach Wilson] is going to be a good quarterback, but the NFL and this new instant-coffee world that we’re in just doesn’t want to give people time,” Saleh said. “So, we look at him and he’s just nitpicked with a fine-tooth comb.”

So with that being said, the Jets are 7-7, and a Wild Card contender, and they need to try to take advantage of that, so perhaps this isn’t the best time to grade the 23-year-old QB on a curve.

Saleh was asked about this today:

Q: Your comments about the ‘Instant Coffee World’ and the lack of patience, how do you balance the fact that you guys are a Wild Card contender right now and you’re trying to make the playoffs with the philosophy that it’s not an instant-coffee situation and you have to be patient with your quarterback?

“The quarterback position, it takes time,” Saleh said. “There’s quarterbacks through the history of time that needed just a little bit longer to find their groove. So, when you see Zach, he’s got a lot of things that you just can’t teach. You just can’t teach some of the stuff that he does. For him, it’s learning the timing and rhythm aspect of it and the intermediate pass game and finding all that consistency for four quarters, because when he is in rhythm and he is hitting on all cylinders, it’s pretty cool to watch. Again, the balance is you’re always trying to win football games first, and you hope the development is happening all at the same time, but at the same time, the object of the game is to win.”


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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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