Is the Jets’ situation on the verge of a crisis?
In light of reports suggesting that the New York Jets’ locker room was on the brink of turmoil due to head coach Robert Saleh’s unwavering support for Zach Wilson as the starting quarterback, Saleh has adjusted his stance concerning the third-year signal caller.
During a media session preceding the Jets’ Sunday Night Football showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs, an event that will reportedly feature Taylor Swift in attendance, Saleh conceded that Wilson, who has completed just 53% of his passes this season, must elevate his performance.
“We all acknowledge he has to play better. We all acknowledge that. He acknowledges it, teammates acknowledge it, he acknowledges it himself, but the key is to have confidence in yourself. You have to,” Saleh said.
Saleh also responded to a report from Jets beat reporter Rich Cimini, which suggested that the locker room was on the brink of turmoil due to his unwavering support for Wilson as the starting quarterback.
Some individuals within the organization, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, felt that this unwavering support was portraying Saleh as a “Wilson apologist.”
“We’ve got a great locker room. [The] locker room is locked in. Is there frustration? Of course, there is,” Saleh said. “Any time you lose two in a row there’s going to be frustration. It’s the NFL. When you lose, it feels like the world is caving in, when you win, everyone puts you on a pedestal, but there’s still a lot of confidence in the locker room.”
As they prepare for their Sunday Night Football matchup against the Chiefs, their first appearance on the NBC-broadcasted program since 2012, the Jets face an uphill battle as 9.5-point underdogs and teetering on the brink of chaos.
Following the loss of Aaron Rodgers, who was expected to be the franchise’s savior, to an Achilles tear after just four plays in his Jets career, the team has managed to score a mere 20 points in the subsequent two games.