Zach Wilson’s decisiveness led the way for the New York Jets’ offense against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Is Zach Wilson slowly figuring it out before our very eyes?
The naysayers will scoff at such a notion in disgust. “Ha … who cares if this overrated rookie quarterback didn’t throw an interception and led his terrible team to a victory against an even more terrible team,” they’ll say.
The supporters, however, are living in a much different reality—one that understands just how difficult it is for rookie quarterbacks to navigate their way through the NFL. And these are the folks who are slowly but surely seeing good things from the New York Jets‘ franchise face.
The full (nearly two-hour) Blewett's Blitz film breakdown on the Jets-Jags game can be viewed at the bottom of this article.
What Wilson did in his team’s 26-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars was critical because it featured improvement in an area that allows his brain to flip to a much more confident side.
The BYU product showcased amazing decisiveness—as compared to where he was just several weeks ago.
Wilson and the Jets entered week 16 of the 2021 NFL season boasting a 3-11 record. Accompanied by a ton of injuries and a plethora of players sidelined via COVID-19—including head coach Robert Saleh—the Jets welcomed in the 2-12 Jaguars.
Jet fans argued all week; the fan base was completely split regarding what the correct attitude should be when watching this one. Many thought a Jets loss wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, as climbing up the NFL draft order has its perks. Others believe rooting for a win in any situation is the only move.
Either way, everybody wanted to see their quarterback take steps forward.
Jets-Jags YouTube clip and podcast episode
The week prior, Zach Wilson—independent of the box score—enjoyed a positive outing against the Miami Dolphins. The question heading into the Jags game was, “Could he stack positive games?”
The answer is easy: he did.
Wilson’s year has been a true roller-coaster ride, with more lows than highs. But now is the time to stack positive performances and give Jets fans more hope entering the 2022 offseason, as well as giving himself the confidence needed to thrive in the big-boy league.
Zach Wilson didn’t light up the passing stat sheet against Jacksonville—as he only passed for just over 100 yards on 22 attempts—but he did rush for nearly 100 yards en route to breaking a franchise record.
Wilson looked much more decisive and seemed more comfortable with his pre to post-snap reads, and was also much more accurate—which is a massive step in the right direction for the young signal-caller.
Wilson was accompanied by positive outings from other young players, such as Braxton Berrios, Michael Carter, Bryce Hall and more. While there were positive performances, there were also negatives worth highlighting.
The newest edition of Blewett’s Blitz breaks all of this down and much more (nearly a two-hour film study).
Full Jets-Jags film breakdown