Saleh not ready to name starter just yet Dan Leberfeld

He will leave the anointing to people outside the building.

While most assume Zach Wilson will be the Jets’ starting QB in Week One, Jets coach Robert Saleh will not be baited into naming him the starter now.

“Call it the inside lane,” Saleh said about Wilson starting in Week One. “It’s his to lose, but I never want to make a promise I can’t keep. Hopefully, you guys understand that part.”

Saleh was asked if there was a different feeling on the practice field today with “your quarterback” practicing.

“Aside from three quarterbacks taking the rotation, everyone’s excited to see how the rookie is going to do and all that stuff,” Saleh said. “Maybe, but maybe for someone else.”

The bottom line is bad programs, with bad cultures, name rookies starters before they earn it.

Of course Wilson is the leading candidate to start for the Jets, but why is it necessary to name a rookie the starter on his first day of training camp?

Give the process a little breathing room.

Wilson’s focus right now should be getting comfortable in the playbook and improving every day.

The coronation can wait.


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