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Robert Saleh on Zach Wilson’s struggles against Buffalo:

“You know what? They’re one of the best defenses in football.” – Saleh.

Just like they were when Mike White played them . . .

Saleh on Wilson’s performance and poor numbers in Buffalo.

“I don’t look at this result in terms of whether it’s a plus or a negative. I think his development over the course of the year has been spot-on. I think he has gotten better at the things we have wanted him to get better at.” – Saleh

It’s a results-based business . . .

Joe Douglas on the 2020 draft class: “No one is giving up on these players.”

You should give up on some players after two years if they aren’t cutting it, so you aren’t guilty of “confirmation bias” with draft picks, which isn’t good for any program.

Confirmation Bias (from Britannica) – “The tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs. Existing beliefs can include one’s expectations in a given situation and predictions about a particular outcome.”

The most important record is a team record, not draft record . . .

Saleh on teaming finishing 4-13.

“it’s about winning, period. Winning four games in this league is not good enough. At the same time, we all knew that this was going to be a rollercoaster of a season with the youth movement that we’ve had. We all knew that there would be some ups and downs.” – Saleh

Not sure what to make of this.

Are we supposed to judge them by their won-loss record, or their player development?

Not picking on anybody, just throwing that out there . . .

Late in the Jets-Bills game, it looked like offensive tackle Morgan Moses and defensive end Kyle Phillip both suffered serious injuries, being down for a while being looked at by doctors and trainers.

It didn’t look good for either guy, who both hobbled off the field.

But seeing them after the game, walking to the center of the field to greet Bills, and then walking into the locker room, both seemed okay. They each might have something minor, but watching them after the game, neither seems to have a serious injury . . .

Some in the media are making a big deal bout Wilson not throwing any picks in his last five games. As I said yesterday, this stat is a tad overrated.

Of course it’s good not to throw picks, but you also need to take more chances and give receivers a chance to go up and get the rock. Very, very cautious QB play can also be a factor in cutting down on picks.

Brett Favre is the all-time leader in picks. Obviously, the Hall-of-Famer threw too many picks, but he also made so many big plays, giving his targets a chance to make plays on a regular basis . . .

One thing that was lacking on Saleh’s staff this season was a veteran assistant coach with NFL head coaching experience, who could serve as a sounding board for their rookie head coach. Somebody who has been there, done that.

Now that Vic Fangio is out as Denver’s head coach, he would be perfect for this job. First of all, he’s got a strong connection with the Jets’ coach, after serving as Saleh’s first boss when Fangio was the defensive coordinator in Houston. Secondly, Fangio is from East Stroudsburg, PA, which is about an hour from Jets camp, so it would allow the veteran coach to come full circle and be close to his roots . . .

January 10, 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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