Nov 20, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) runs under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Lawrence Guy (93) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Saleh: Jets yet to decide QB1 after Zach Wilson clunker

With Zach Wilson firmly under the microscope in the Big Apple, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters Monday afternoon that he has yet to decide who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Wilson had his worst performance of the season Sunday in a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The second-year quarterback completed 9 of 22 passes for just 77 yards and ran three times for 26 yards.

He caught heat after the game when he was asked if he thought he let the Jets’ defense down. The heat came because of his one-word answer: “No.”

Saleh said Monday he informed Wilson that his status as New York’s starter was uncertain. Mike White and Joe Flacco are the other quarterbacks on the Jets’ 53-man roster.

“We’re keeping everything on the table over the next couple of days,” Saleh said.

The coach defended the former No. 2 overall draft pick from some of the off-the-field criticism, saying, “I don’t think Zach lacks in leadership.”

Wilson missed the first three games of the season while recovering from a preseason knee injury. The Jets won the first four games he started upon his return but are 1-2 since, with both losses coming to New England.

Wilson has completed 55.6 percent of his passes this year – matching last season’s rate – and has 1,279 passing yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. His career touchdown-to-interception ratio through 20 career games is 13:16.

The Jets (6-4) are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and are just one game behind the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, the AFC East co-leaders. New York owns a win over both Miami and Buffalo.

–Field Level Media

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throws during warmups before an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Wilson will not play due to a knee injury.

Nfl Jets Vs Cincinnati Bengals Bengals At Jets

Jets QB Zach Wilson practices, will start Week 4 barring setback

Zach Wilson practiced with the New York Jets on Wednesday and will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, barring a setback.

Wilson, 23, was sidelined for the first three games of the season as he recovered from arthroscopic surgery performed on Aug. 16. He sustained a meniscus tear and a bone bruise on a non-contact injury in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, Wilson missed time last season with a torn PCL in the same knee. He was 3-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Head coach Robert Saleh said Wilson will “absolutely” start against the Steelers provided there is no setback.

The Jets are off to a 1-2 start with Joe Flacco as Wilson’s replacement.

“It’s exciting to get him back out there, but at the same time, it’s not all about Zach,” Saleh said. “It’s making sure we’re executing on all cylinders.”

Saleh said medical clearance was given only after the Jets deemed Wilson’s knee is “100 percent.” He said there is no concern with Wilson’s offensive line holding up.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Pittsburgh was upramping preparation for Wilson and specifically addressing his mobility as a concern.

“We know they have some QB questions. We’re familiar with Joe (Flacco) and he’s familiar with us,” Tomlin said. “From a Zach Wilson perspective, we haven’t been in the stadium with him so there are some unknowns.”

With three of the team’s offensive tackles on injured reserve, Flacco was sacked nine times in three games. Wilson was sacked 44 times in 13 games in 2021.

Wilson could have plenty of chances to throw if the 2022 pattern holds for the Jets, who’ve lost two games by 15 points each and are allowing 27 points per game.

–Field Level Media

Quarterback, Joe Flacco of the Jets gets the ball off as he is caught by Broderick Washington of the Ravens in the second half in the season opener as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the NY Jets 24-9 on September 11, 2022.

The Baltimore Ravens Defeat The Ny Jets In The Seaqson Opener 24 9 On September 11 2022

Jets stick with Joe Flacco as Week 2 starter

Mike White remains the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart and Joe Flacco is still the starter as the New York Jets dive headlong into Week 2 preparations.

Flacco started last Sunday in the Jets’ Week 1 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but converted only 2 of 14 third-down chances in a 24-9 defeat. He was also pressured 19 times and averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt.

Flacco, 37, is now winless in six starts with the Jets, and head coach Robert Saleh opened the door to a QB storyline entering the Week 2 game at Cleveland by not committing to Flacco on Monday.

“More than likely, going to be Joe,” Saleh said Monday.

But the offense is staying in Flacco’s hands for at least one more start. Playing in place of Jets starter Zach Wilson, Flacco went 37-for-59 for 307 yards with a touchdown and an interception last week.

Wilson is sidelined for at least the first four games of the season following preseason knee surgery. Saleh said Wilson is at least one week away from returning to team drills but will throw to receivers this week.

The other quarterback on the roster is White, the name Jets’ fans chanted in the fourth quarter. Guard Connor McGovern said he didn’t hear any chants for White during the game but added Flacco is called “Cool Joe” for a reason.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (19) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Broderick Washington (96) while throwing the ball during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

No Joe? Jets could make move from Flacco at QB

Joe Flacco is not being benched by the New York Jets yet, but head coach Robert Saleh stopped short of saying he would start Week 2.

Flacco started Sunday in the Jets’ Week 1 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but converted only 2 of 14 third-down chances in a 24-9 defeat. He was also pressured 19 times and averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt.

Flacco, 37, is now winless in six starts with the Jets.

Saleh said the quarterback position constantly is under review regardless of the starter. Who will it be Sunday for the Week 2 matchup with the Cleveland Browns?

“More than likely, going to be Joe,” Saleh said Monday.

Playing in place of injured Jets starter Zach Wilson, Flacco went 37-for-59 for 307 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Wilson is sidelined for at least the first four games of the season following preseason knee surgery. Saleh said Wilson is at least one week away from returning to team drills, but will throw to receivers this week.

The other quarterback on the roster is Mike White, the name Jets’ fans chanted in the fourth quarter. Guard Connor McGovern said he didn’t hear any chants for White during the game but added Flacco is called “Cool Joe” for a reason.

–Field Level Media

Aug 22, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets waiting until Wednesday to name QB for opener

New York Jets coach Robert Saleh said the team won’t name its Week 1 starting quarterback until Wednesday.

After Zach Wilson went through a workout Monday morning, Saleh said the Jets will see how his surgically-repaired right knee responds.

If Wilson can’t go, backup Joe Flacco will be under center Sunday against his former team when the Jets host the Baltimore Ravens.

Wilson, 23, had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 16 after sustaining a meniscus tear and a bone bruise on a non-contact injury in the Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wilson, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, missed time last season with a torn PCL in the same knee. He was 3-10 as a starter with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Flacco, 37, won 96 regular season games and a Super Bowl championship over 11 seasons with the Ravens (2008-18). He passed for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two games last season with the Jets.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh hugs quarterback Zach Wilson before the game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin R. Wexler-USA TODAY Sports

Jets prepare Joe Flacco for potential Week 1 reunion with Ravens

Joe Flacco could get the call in Week 1 if second-year quarterback Zach Wilson fails to receive medical clearance following knee surgery.

Flacco, 37, will be the primary quarterback in practice and for the final two preseason games after Wilson tore his meniscus and was diagnosed with a bone bruise requiring arthroscopic surgery.

“Joe’s a pro. He’s been there, he’s done that. He’s been a Super Bowl MVP, a world champion. He’s gotten the big contracts. He checks about all the boxes you can check,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said of the prospect of not having Wilson for the regular-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. “I think he’s going to be fine, especially for the remainder of the preseason. We’ll see everything else with Zach’s knee, but we have all the faith in the world in Joe.”

Wilson’s non-contact injury occurred during the first preseason game last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. His recovery timetable provided by the team was 2-4 weeks.

The regular season begins Sept. 11.

Flacco won a Super Bowl as the starting quarterback of the Ravens but was unseated by Baltimore’s current starter, Lamar Jackson. Flacco is 0-5 as the Jets’ starter, including four starts in 2020. He said he will prepare the same way he always has, focusing on one day at a time.

“I’m happy with my role. I love being here, being completely focused on whatever I’m doing right now,” he said. “After practice, I want to be able to say I had the best day that I’ve ever had. Right now that’s what I’m focused on. I’m happy with what I’m doing, helping out a young guy. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have the desire to be good at what I do and didn’t believe I could play this game.”

–Field Level Media

Injured Jets quarterback Zach Wilson behind quarterback Joe Flacco on the sidelines in the second half. The Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets 45-17 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on November 14, 2021.

The Buffalo Bills Play The New York Jets At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On November 14 2021

Reports: Jets QB Zach Wilson draws start in Week 12

The New York Jets have tabbed rookie Zach Wilson the starting quarterback this Sunday amid COVID-19 upending the quarterback room, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Wilson has missed the past four games with a knee sprain but will be back under center against the Houston Texans.

Backup quarterback Mike White tested positive for COVID-19 and No. 3 signal caller Joe Flacco was deemed a close contact, resulting in both being place on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, per the reports.

Josh Johnson is being promoted from the practice squad to back up Wilson this Sunday.

Wilson cleared medical protocols on his knee on Monday, per the reports.

White played three games in place of Wilson while Flacco started last Sunday against Miami. Johnson came on for White in Week 9 against Indianapolis when White suffered an arm injury in the first quarter. Johnson threw for 317 yards and three TDs in the losing effort.

The Jets went 1-3 in Wilson’s absence. The Jets were 1-5 under Wilson before he was injured.

Wilson sprained his PCL in the Jets’ Week 7 loss against New England. Wilson is completing just 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,168 yards and four touchdowns against nine interceptions.

White led the Jets to just their second victory of the season, 34-31 over Cincinnati in Week 8. White threw for 405 yards, three touchdowns and two INTs.

The Jets and Texans are both 2-8.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) talks to quarterback Joe Flacco (19) on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Broadway woe: QB conundrums central to Jets vs. Dolphins

The return of Broadway Joe Flacco is not the type of hit the New York Jets were looking for entering the 10th game of the 2021 regular season.

Quarterback intrigue was supposed to be surrounding the Miami Dolphins this week, not the New York Jets, in the runup to their game in East Rutherford, N.J.

Instead, it seems the drama is taking place in the Northeast, not down South.

Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa, pressed into service as the emergency quarterback in the Dolphins’ 22-10 win over Baltimore on Thursday night, said the fractured middle finger on his left (throwing) hand is doing just fine.

“It feels good,” Tagovailoa said after practice Wednesday during his weekly media availability. “Obviously there’s still healing that’s taking place, but other than that, it’s fine.”

Tagovailoa came off the bench to guide the Dolphins (3-7) to the victory after starter Jacoby Brissett was forced to leave the game because of a knee injury. Yet Tagovailoa, the original starter prior to the injury, will now reclaim his job with no medical restrictions, he believes.

“I don’t think there are going to be any limitations for Sunday with the finger,” he said. “It feels good at this point.”

Despite the injury, Tagovailoa connected on deep passes of 35 and 64 yards and Miami pulled away from Baltimore in the second half. Miami coach Brian Flores said Brissett is well enough to be the backup against New York on Sunday.

The Jets (2-7) are still at least one week away from seeing their hoped-for franchise quarterback, Zach Wilson, return to action. Wilson has returned to practice on a limited basis but still is hasn’t been cleared to play as he recovers from a sprained PCL in his right knee suffered in a loss at New England on Oct. 24.

Third-year pro Mike White, who had started the previous three games in Wilson’s absence, has been benched and, in a surprise move, Jets coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday that Flacco will start against Miami.

“This is kind of why we brought in a guy like Joe,” Saleh said, “for situations like this and his experience to play systems of Miami’s caliber.”

Flacco was reacquired by the Jets in a trade with Philadelphia on Oct. 25, one day after Wilson was injured. It will mark Flacco’s first start since Nov. 22, 2020, in the Jets’ 34-28 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers.

White threw four interceptions in a 45-17 loss to Buffalo last week, two weeks after his historic first NFL start in which he threw for 405 yards in a victory over Cincinnati.

“He’s been a good player in this league for a long time,” Miami coach Brian Flores said when the news of Flacco starting was relayed to him. “(He’s) smart, experienced. He’s going to try to get the ball to their go-to guys. It will be a challenge for us.”

Of course, the immobile Flacco won’t test the Dolphins’ defense the way Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson did the week before, when Miami limited him to 39 yards on 11 rushing attempts.

The Jets’ defense is ranked last in the NFL, and although Tagovailoa said the requisite nice things about them, he noted that against Baltimore, “A lot of the shifting we did against the Ravens kind of put them in a bind, if you will, just because it forces communication defensively. … That kind of helped open up a lot of the deeper routes.”

The Jets have been vulnerable to misdirection and gadget plays.

–Field Level Media

Nov 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws the ball during the first half against the New England Patriots as running back La'Mical Perine (22) blocks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Flacco passes Montana for 20th in career passing yards

In a reflection of the pass-happy, post-modern NFL, New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco moved into the top 20 in league history for career passing yardage Monday night.

What’s more, he passed the legendary Joe Montana.

Flacco, in his 13th NFL season, entered the Monday night game against the New England Patriots with 40,464 yards in his career, needing 88 yards to pass Montana in 20th place on the list. He did so in style, hitting Breshad Perriman with a 50-yard strike in the second quarter to give the Jets a 10-7 lead.

Flacco, who has one Super Bowl ring, three fewer than Montana, started the game in place of Sam Darnold, who has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury.

Entering the game, Flacco had thrown 6,011 passes in his career of 173 starts, while Montana threw nearly 700 fewer passes in his 15-year career.

Flacco became the eighth active player among the top 20 passers all-time. Of the players on the list, 16 have played in the past 20 years. Only Hall of Famers Dan Marino, John Elway, Fran Tarkenton and Dan Fouts remain on the list among QBs whose careers were played entirely in the 20th century.

Drew Brees (79,536 yards), and Tom Brady (76,969) top the list.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws the ball as Denver Broncos linebacker Malik Reed (59) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Darnold (shoulder) returns to practice

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to practice Wednesday and has a chance to be the starter when the team hosts the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Darnold has missed the past two games after suffering an AC joint sprain in his right (throwing) shoulder against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 1.

Darnold received first-team practice repetitions on Wednesday and coach Adam Gase said a decision will come later in the week.

“All options are available,” Gase told reporters. “We’ll have him on a pitch count. I think really the biggest thing is how he’s going to feel (Thursday).

“If there’s anything that lingers or anything where he’s throwing (in pain), that’s kind of his red flag of, ‘Hey, I have to let you guys know.’ We need him to be real honest.”

Without Darnold, the Jets (0-6) scored 10 total points in two games with Joe Flacco as the starter. New York has scored the fewest points (75) in the NFL.

Even with Darnold, the Jets weren’t lighting up the scoreboard. They scored 17 or fewer points in each of his first three games.

Darnold has passed for 792 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Flacco has thrown for 397 yards, one touchdown and one interception in three games this season.

–Field Level Media