Was it really hindsight to second guess this Jets decision?

Jets GM Joe Douglas was asked on Monday if he regretted not having a veteran backup QB behind Aaron Rodgers to start the season. Rodgers got hurt four plays into the season, forcing Zach Wilson back into action.

“Yeah, hindsight’s always 20/20,” Douglas said. “We went into the offseason with the plan of having Zach (Wilson) here with Aaron, it was going to be a great benefit. Zach had a great training camp, and we felt that we had a good plan in place. Obviously, things didn’t work, so hindsight’s always 20/20, so it’s easy to go back and say “woulda, coulda, shoulda.”

Some might argue this wasn’t a “hindsight is 20-20” situation.

If you were going to try and fix Wilson’s mechanics, footwork, progressions scans, decision-making, all that stuff, it wasn’t all going to be fixed by September.

So to have a Wilson one snap away, starting in Week 1, when many of his issues weren’t fixed yet, perhaps wasn’t an ideal plan.

Clearly, they should have had a veteran backup in the mix and made Wilson the #3, at least over the first half of the season. Give Wilson and the coaches more time to work on his mechanics and all that other stuff.

So you could argue this is not second-guessing. There was plenty of talk about the need for a veteran backup before Rodgers’ injury.


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Dan Leberfeld
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