Zach Wilson (Jets) booed by fans on Thursday night
Ricky Gray | December 23, 2022
He was replaced by former practice squad quarterback Chris Streveler in the third quarter.
Zach Wilson had a tough outing on Thursday night as he was booed by Jets fans repeatedly for his poor performance. By the end of the third quarter, he was replaced by Chris Streveler.
Wilson said: “Yeah, it's [tough]. I don't blame them. We have a passionate fan base, and they're here to watch us score touchdowns.
“We're not scoring touchdowns, we're not getting first downs, we're not moving the ball and, obviously, we can't throw the ball. Of course they're going to be frustrated.”
During his time on the field, Wilson completed just nine passes for 92 yards and an interception. He finished the evening with a 5.2 QBR and the Jets ended up losing their fourth straight game.
Head coach Robert Saleh stated that he didn’t intend to bench Wilson but wanted to send in Streveler to help boost the rushing game.
Saleh said: “We were trying to change up to get the run game going. I know Zach was struggling. Streveler came in, he ran a couple of plays, sparked the offense and got the explosive play.
“It snowballed in a good way for Strev. So we wanted to give him an opportunity to finish the drive. By the time we got it back, we decided we're already here, so let's go with Strev.”
Streveler, who was recently elevated from the practice squad, rushed for 54 yards and completed 10 of 15 passes for 90 yards.
In regard to their offense, Wilson added: “We had nothing there. You can't blame [Saleh] in that situation. He put Chris out there, and he's obviously great with his legs and his arm, and he was able to give us a little spark there.
“You could see that was the most we moved the ball all day, so you can't blame him.”