Andrew Whitworth questions Jets not targeting free-agent quarterbacks earlier: 'That grows this frustration'
NFL analyst Andrew Whitworth wonders why the New York Jets didn't add a quarterback to their roster earlier as Zach Wilson has finally been benched.
The New York Jets' quarterback situation is one that's been "boiling" all season, in the words of Super Bowl champion and Amazon Prime Video NFL analyst Andrew Whitworth.
The boil overflowed on Sunday night in Buffalo as head coach Robert Saleh did what he was hoping he wouldn't have to: bench Zach Wilson. Everyone figured that move meant the Jets didn't have faith in Wilson to lead the offense anymore this season, and that assumption became fact on Monday.
Saleh confirmed reports that came out during the day that Tim Boyle, who has been backing up Wilson since Aaron Rodgers suffered an Achilles injury in Week 1 on just the fourth play of his tenure with the team, is to start against the Miami Dolphins in the NFL's first Black Friday game, which will be aired on Amazon Prime Video.
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Zach Wilson of the New York Jets walks off the field after the game against the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on November 12, 2023. (Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
In fact, Wilson was demoted to third-string quarterback with Trevor Siemian being signed off the practice squad to be Boyle's backup.
But the question for the 4-6 Jets is whether Boyle, or even Siemian, is the right man for the job. Siemian was the only one the Jets brought in the building, though he clearly isn't someone the Jets thought was better than Wilson to take over. It took weeks to believe Boyle might have what it takes.
That's why Whitworth questions the Jets' thinking in terms of not bringing someone in the second Rodgers went down for the year.
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