In the third quarter of Sunday’s game in Buffalo, the Jets made a surprising decision to replace their starting quarterback, Zach Wilson. With the team trailing 29-6, head coach Robert Saleh pulled Wilson from the game in favor of Tim Boyle.
Wilson had been struggling on the field, completing just 7-of-15 passes for 81 yards and throwing an interception. Additionally, he had been sacked five times before being benched. Despite this poor performance, Saleh had previously expressed his support for Wilson as the team’s starting quarterback since Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury earlier in the season.
Boyle, on the other hand, is a veteran quarterback who has appeared in 17 games with various teams including the Packers, Lions, and Bears. He has started three times for the Lions in 2021 and is seen as a solid backup option for Wilson. It remains to be seen how much of an impact Boyle will have on the Jets’ offense moving forward.
Saleh’s decision to replace Wilson may indicate that he is becoming increasingly concerned about the team’s chances of staying in playoff contention without Rodgers’ help. The results so far have been disappointing and it seems that a lasting change may be necessary if they want to improve their chances of success.