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This is more of a thing for Harvey Levin . . .

Talking about all this Zach Wilson dating stuff which is the rage of social media.

Levin is the leader of TMZ, a popular gossip website.

It’s really not my job to be writing about the dating lives of players.

So I’m not going to get into the minutia of why Wilson is trending on social media regarding his dating life, but rather talk about how this could become a distraction.

As educator, author and businessman Stephen Covey once famously said about being successful in business – “You have to make the main thing the main thing.”

Covey, who like Wilson is from Utah, wrote a best-seller: “The 7 habits of Highly Effective People.”

Look, Wilson is allowed to have a social life, but when it turns up on Page Six of the New York Post too often, your social life is perhaps evolving into something that can turn into a distraction for the player and the team.

The latest rumors about Wilson’s love life even had teammates chiming in with remarks on Twitter about it.

Not sure teammates going there is ideal for the culture.

“Social media, I don’t do it and to be honest with you, it’s a very uncomfortable aspect of life,” Saleh said while defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Can you imagine a player in New England going on social media and commenting on Mac Jones love life?

And two of the players who jumped on social media to comment are rookies, and another is a guy who missed last year with an injury.

Robert Saleh might need to talk with his team when they get back about social media.

And he also might need to talk to his quarterback about making his dating life a little less of a soap opera.

This quarterback has a tremendous amount of work to do, coming off a rookie season where he was 3-10 as a starter, completing 55.6 percent of his passes with a 69.7 QB rating.

Look, once again, he’s allowed to have a social life, but when it turns into “Days of our Lives,” that can be problematic.

He needs to have a laser beam focus on getting better as a QB if he’s going to turn into the long-term answer for the Jets at the position.

“Love to see Zach own the playbook at a faster clip. Not that he wasn’t. Typical rookie learning curve,” Saleh said in March. “We’re really looking for that recall, the fundamentals, all the different stuff that we’re looking for, that’s all going to come. For OTAs, really looking for him to take that step in the right direction. With regards to playbook football, one on one, absorbing the scheme so you can play a lot faster.”

So before he turns into “Broadway Joe” off the field, he needs to establish himself on it.

And the last thing he needs is his focus on becoming a great QB getting sidetracked by appearing on Levin’s website too much.

July 11, 2022

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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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