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Mike Francesa, the quintessential New York City sports radio legend, had a lot to say on Monday about the future of Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. The topic of discussion centered around what the young quarterback would have to do in 2023 and beyond as long as Aaron Rodgers remained the starter.
Many questions arose about Wilson’s abilities in 2022 after his inability to take responsibility for the way the team’s offense performed in a brutal loss to the New England Patriots. It was not long before the Jets acquired Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers, bringing hope to the Jets faithful.
However, with the acquisition of Rodgers comes the question of what the Jets will do with their young gunslinger, Zach Wilson. Francesa, being the sports analyst that he is, appeared on his BetRivers podcast and spoke authoritatively that he did not think Rodgers would be teaching Wilson anything purposefully. He boldly proclaimed that was not the four-time MVP’s reason for being brought to East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In Francesa’s opinion, Zach Wilson will have to do everything he can to learn from Rodgers on his own. “He is going to have to suck it up, practice, practice, practice, hustle, learn and all that time just keep his mouth shut,” Francesa said, via the New York Post. “He has been handed a very, very tough road to travel. Maybe he comes out the other side, maybe he doesn’t. If it does, it’ll be a hell of a story.”
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Francesa believes Wilson will have to earn his place, given his poor 2022 performance, which came under heavy criticism. He suggested Wilson work on his footwork, learn how to quarterback, and watch and learn from one of the greatest quarterbacks in history.
In January, Zach Wilson made it clear that any veteran presence the team brought in at quarterback he would give them “hell” in practice. However, it remains to be seen whether he can turn things around after a significant decline in his team’s fortunes in his first two seasons, during which he recorded 4,022 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions. The Jets had a poor 8-14 record in his starts.