When Fireman Ed speaks, it’s a moment worth heeding.
The iconic New York Jets superfan, known as “Fireman Ed” Anzalone, has joined the chorus of voices calling for a change at the helm of the team’s quarterback position. Anzalone, a former firefighter with the FDNY who has become a beloved presence at Jets home games, expressed his opinion to Scott Thompson of Fox News after the Jets’ 15-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.
“Joe Douglas and coach (Robert) Saleh, you’s did everything you could. It’s time to move on,” Anzalone said. “You owe it to the locker room to move on. You go with Tim Boyle as the backup, and you go sign a veteran.
Anzalone didn’t mince words about his assessment of Zach Wilson, saying, “(Wilson) is done. It’s the third year, and there’s nothing.”
Even Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath voiced similar sentiments on ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show” the following Monday, labeling Wilson’s performance in Week 3 as “dreadful” and expressing his view that he wouldn’t retain him as the starting quarterback.
The New York Jets recently added experienced quarterback Trevor Siemian to their roster.
Wilson, who was the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, assumed the role of starting quarterback for the Jets after Aaron Rodgers sustained a season-opening injury—a position in which he’s completed 52.4% of his passes for 467 yards, tallying two touchdowns and four interceptions over the course of three games.