It was a very disappointing campaign for the New York Jets in 2023. They went 7-10, missed the playoffs and owner Woody Johnson wanted to get some things off his chest before the NFL Honors.
Johnson criticized Zach Wilson and the team's decision not to acquire a backup quarterback after Aaron Rodgers went down with a season-ending injury.
Wilson, the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, didn't seem to have many supporters in the building in 2023 after two discouraging seasons to start his career. Johnson was naming offseason additions New York needs to make and one came to his mind quickly.
“We need a backup quarterback,” Johnson said. “We didn’t have one last year.”
Wilson's play was poor throughout the year and he was sent to the bench for Tim Boyle in November. The BYU product threw for 2,271 yards with eight passing touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Johnson also gave a list of what the Jets need to add in the offseason. He said,"I think you need a guard at least. You need another guard, maybe a couple of tackles, and a receiver. What else do we need?"
He continued to emphasize the importance of improving the offense.
Johnson stated, "For the last five years it’s been about the offense. The offense has to score, keep the defense off the field. The defense is good.”
It's very clear after these comments that Wilson's tenure in New York is all but over. The Jets will certainly be shopping the 24-year-old and will likely fetch a Day 3 draft pick for his services.
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