Zach Wilson’s mechanics must be fixed immediately
On the heels of a big home overtime win over the Tennessee Titans, the New York Jets were feeling it. “Winning streak” actually appeared in various spots leading up to Week 5.
The Jets traveled to London to take on a 1-3 Atlanta Falcons team in an atmosphere that was hardly a “home game” for Arthur Smith’s bunch.
The game, on paper, looked very winnable for the Jets, as the Falcons entered the contest struggling on both sides of the ball.
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Unfortunately, “on paper” means little in football.
The Jets fell in disappointing fashion, 27-20, to the Falcons. Worse yet, rookie quarterback Zach Wilson took several steps back from his performance against the Titans just a week prior.
Not only is the kid’s mind moving a million miles a minute, but it’s what’s helping lead to horrid mechanics.
First and foremost, there’s just no drive. Even the routine tasks have become an adventure thanks to his upper-half and lower-half not connecting during his throwing motion.
Is this something that’s simply a carry-over from his BYU days, or have his mechanics regressed to this nerve-wracking point?
Additionally, what can offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur do to get the kid going, especially early in games? Yet again, New York’s offense got out to an incredibly slow start.
LaFleur’s offense is predicated on the ground game, yet the offense’s struggles have not allowed enough time and number of plays in order to create a sufficient ground attack.
Defensively, Robert Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich’s group took a step back. Just when the Jets made this one a ball game—20-17 tally in the fourth quarter—the defense promptly comes up small in a big spot.
Matt Ryan found rookie tight end Kyle Pitts on a vertical to devastate the Jets defense on the first play of the game-cementing drive. Then, later, a critical third-and-long broke the Jets’ backs.
Blewett’s Blitz breaks down the game tape to find out why Zach Wilson’s mechanics are screwed up, what Mike LaFleur can do to get the kid going, and how the New York Jets defense couldn’t come up big when the game was on the line (over 2.5 hours for Jets X-Factor members below).