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Jets’ Saleh: Critics hold Wilson ‘hostage’ for loss of patriots


New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh thinks critics of quarterback Zach Wilson need to move on from last month’s loss to the New England Patriots.

“We’re holding him hostage in the four, five games he’s played against New England, in my opinion at least outside,” Saleh said Monday of things like so regarding his starter, theo jet plane’ Official website. “Internally, I think people put a lot of faith in Zach to be able to take this attack and get the ball where it needs to go and do it effectively and I think if we need to put ball on his back and put it on the back of our receiver and put it on the o-line for protection, I think we have the ability to do that.

“But when you start going around and ask a midfielder to play 60 games a game, they will make mistakes. Midfield is hard, I don’t care how good you are, it’s just that midfield is difficult in this game. This tournament and our job as a coach is to make sure he’s not asked to do it all the time. If he has to, we believe he will.”

In the Week 8 home loss 22-17 to New England on October 30, Wilson completed 20 of 41 355-yard passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Some of Wilson’s pitches and decisions were questionable that day NFL quarterback Matt Cassel and NFL insider Jason La Canfora called on Saleh to put the second-year professional on the bench in place of veteran Joe Flacco.

Retired Signal Caller and Current Amazon Prime Video Analyst Ryan Fitzpatrick “Thursday Night Football” speak after the game where Wilson “still has to learn how to play quarterback in the National Football League.”

However, Saleh noted Monday that Wilson “played really well last week against a really good team.”

In a 20-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on November 6 before saying goodbye to New York, Wilson completed 18/25 attempts at 154 yards with one touchdown and no pick.

The Jets 6-3 play against the Patriots 5-4 next Sunday.

Also on Monday, Jets wide receiver Braxton Berrios hit his QB1 battle.

“Extremely confident and everyone feels the same,” Berrios said of Wilson, according to Ben Krimmel by SNY. “There’s absolutely no qualms about it with anyone in this building and that’s no exaggeration. Extreme confidence.”

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