This isn’t how Zach Wilson should approach this . . . Dan Leberfeld

There is no way Zach Wilson should be thinking this way entering the Jets-Detroit Lions game:

Wilson, was asked by a reporter on Friday: “Zach, now that you are the starting quarterback again, are you looking at this as like this is my job, I’m not giving it back?”

“I wouldn’t look at it like that,” Wilson said. “I’m going to go out there and control what I can and of course the mindset has got to be I got to do the best I can every single play, and I’m not going to go out there with any expectations of whatever. It’s got to be what’s the best decision I can make. Let me go out there, play, have fun, be grateful to be on this field.”

Wilson is taking the right approach, not the one pushed in the question.

He can’t get too far ahead of himself. He needs to use “process thinking,” a philosophy espoused by Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

“Process thinking” emphasizes preparation and hard work over consideration of outcomes or results. Practitioners of “process thinking” focus on the present instead of the past or future.

In other words, just focus on the next pass in warmups, or the next play in the game, and do each the best you can, and don’t focus on results or future goals, and get too far ahead of yourself.

So there is no way Wilson should be focusing on grabbing the job and running with it entering the game. He just needs to have a laser focus on the next down in front of him, playing with the best mechanics possible and making good decisions with the football.


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