Zach Wilson is Jets future, nonetheless Robert Saleh ought to maintain driving with Joe Flacco

Robert Saleh understandably wanted no part of the question on Wednesday. 

The Jets coach has merely gotten earlier the complete “holding receipts” quote from ultimate week and was not in search of to create any further headlines … so when requested if there’s any state of affairs the place Joe Flacco can maintain the start quarterback job as quickly as Zach Wilson is healthful, Saleh gave an answer that appeared like he practiced it in entrance of a mirror sooner than his press conference. 

“Zach’s the best way ahead for the group. Everybody is aware of that,” Saleh talked about. “As shortly as a result of the docs clear him, we’ll get him on the sector.” 

Truly? Has Wilson earned the suitable to have the start job handed once more to him? 

Saleh completely doesn’t must deal in hypotheticals, nonetheless we do. Let’s play this out considerably bit. Flacco goes out Sunday and has one different 300-yard, four-touchdown effectivity and the Jets beat the Bengals to boost to 2-1. You’re telling me Monday morning, Saleh is taking the keys out of Flacco’s fingers? 

Joe Flacco passes the ball in the direction of the Browns all through the primary half at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland ultimate Sunday.
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Joe Flacco threw for 4 touchdowns and over 300 yards in the direction of the Browns.
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I wouldn’t. Saleh must journey the brand new hand and that’s Flacco. 

Now, the state of affairs I laid out is unlikely. The Jets are an underdog in the direction of a decided 0-2 Bengals group on Sunday. Nevertheless what if? What if Flacco does it as soon as extra? What if the Jets pull off one different shocker? 

Saleh must then come out Monday and say Wilson’s surgically repaired knee desires one different week of rest and Flacco will start Week 4 in the direction of the Steelers. Maintain going until Flacco’s 37-year-old wheels fall off. 

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No one is saying Flacco appeared like Aaron Rodgers ultimate week. Nevertheless there was some magic on the end of the game. Optimistic, the Browns handed the Jets a possibility they should have under no circumstances had, nonetheless Flacco made in all probability probably the most of that probability. He hit a wide-open Corey Davis on a 66-yard touchdown transfer after which executed a masterful final touchdown drive after the onside kick. 

All people calls Flacco “Joe Cool” and it was on present on that final drive. He appeared like he was in entire administration and was a calming presence for a youthful group.

“I consider Joe’s a extraordinarily good quarterback. He’s seen each factor,” Saleh talked about. “[By] the fourth quarter, the game plan has already been revealed. They understand how they’re having fun with each factor. After we purchased that onside kick, he knew exactly the place he wished to go together with the ball because of he already knew what was going to happen. The nice ones can see that so in these fourth quarters when you’ll have a superb quarterback who’s armed with all the data he desires, that’s onerous.”

Would possibly Wilson have led the Jets once more? Maybe. Nevertheless he doesn’t have the knowledge that Saleh spoke about. Flacco has been there and achieved that. Wilson has one fourth-quarter comeback on his résumé. Sunday was Flacco’s nineteenth. Sunday was the thirty seventh time Flacco has thrown for 300 yards in an NFL recreation. Wilson has however to hit that mark. 

The postgame response from Flacco’s teammates current how so much they love the individual many watched star for the Ravens as soon as they’d been kids. Inside the video the Jets tweeted out Flacco was in the midst of the room, surrounded by leaping Jets and also you would possibly see how widespread he’s inside the locker room. 

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But it surely absolutely was not merely the magic of Sunday’s comeback. Flacco has carried out correctly when given time by the offensive line and the receivers don’t drop passes. PFF has him rated as a result of the third-best quarterback inside the NFL, trailing merely Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts. They’ve credited him with zero turnover-worthy performs. He’s third inside the NFL with 616 passing yards. 

Will it ultimate for a season, a month, two further weeks? Who’s conscious of? Nevertheless Saleh owes it to the Jets players, coaches, entrance office, homeowners and fan to hunt out out. 

So, is there any chance Flacco can preserve inside the job?

Robert Saleh speaks to the media before practice in Florham Park.
Robert Saleh speaks to the media sooner than observe in Florham Park.
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Zach Wilson, center, has been on the sideline for the Jets since undergoing knee surgery in August.
Zach Wilson, center, has been on the sideline for the Jets since current course of knee surgical process in August.
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“I don’t must be a broken file,” Saleh talked about. “I’ll be happy to answer that question a million events over when Zach is healthful and capable of go. Zach is the best way ahead for the group.” 

No one goes to argue that the 23-year-old shouldn’t be the long term. Nevertheless that doesn’t indicate the 37-year-old, if he continues to play correctly, can’t be the present.