3 Jets Most to Blame for Disastrous 2023 Season

There is plenty of blame to go around for the 2023 New York Jets season. But who deserves the most criticism?

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Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson was certainly not the only issue with the horrible Jets offense last season. The offensive unit around Wilson was so bad that not too many quarterbacks in the league could have carried them to success. Yet, that doesn't take away from the fact that he was historically bad.

Many Jets fans knew that it was a mistake to begin the season with Wilson as the QB2, except for Robert Saleh, who took the longest time out of anyone to quit Wilson. Thrown into the fire in Week 1 after Rodgers' season-ending injury, Wilson never figured it out, finishing the year as the worst quarterback in the league by all metrics.

Wilson had the worst QBR among qualified quarterbacks by a mile. He had a 60.1% completion rate, third-worst in the league, and only eight touchdowns in 12 games. Usually, quarterbacks this bad don't continue getting the opportunities Wilson got in New York.

Time and time again, the Jets' offense has performed better without Wilson. In fact, since the start of the 2021 season, the Jets have averaged 292 passing yards a game, when Wilson plays fewer than 10 snaps. That number is 100 yards less when Wilson is out there.

Now, it's all but guaranteed that the Jets will trade Zach Wilson this offseason. What they can get in return for him, however, remains to be seen. Will a team trust him to be their QB2 next year? Would they give up a decent draft pick to have the privilege of doing so? Probably not.

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