Zach Wilson might not have many more worse days than he did on Sunday against the New England Patriots — which wasn’t the best way to formally introduce himself to Jets fans during the 2021 home opener.
In their first live glimpse of the next perceived franchise quarterback, Jets fans watched in horror and shortly thereafter, frustration, as the No. 2 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft threw four interceptions while completing 19-of-33 pass attempts for 210 yards in a 25-6 loss.
As the Jets dropped to 0-2 on the season, the fans baptized Wilson with the all-too-familiar sound of booing that has seemingly adorned nearly every passer in green since Joe Namath left the organization.
Welcome to the Jets, kid.
“I’m not paying attention to it, but they should be booing, right?” Wilson rhetorically asked with a smile.
At least he gets it.
“This is what we signed up for. There are going to be games like this,” he continued. “I have to remember the situation I’m in. I’m an important piece in this whole thing, and I just have to keep learning and getting better. You have to keep that swag and that mojo every single week.”
“Obviously, you’re frustrated,” Wilson said. “There’s that switch inside where you’ve just got to hit the reset button. I’ve got to tell myself that I can’t be gun-shy. I’ve got to be aggressive down the field.”
But the Jets and first-year head coach Robert Saleh will have to institute a system that allows Wilson to at least pump the brakes — even if he said there will be none of that and all gas this season.
“It’s just having the confidence to know that it’s OK to play a boring game of football,” Saleh said. “He’s an electric dude. He’s competitive as crap and wants to win so bad. Sometimes, it’s OK to be boring. That’s probably the biggest lesson he can take out of this one.”