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Former first-round quarterback rips up Jets, Zach Wilson

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The general consensus in the league has been pretty positive about what the New York Jets were able to accomplish this offseason.

Though not everyone drinks the Kool-Aid, as we found out this week.

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Former NFL quarterback and current analyst Brady Quinn was blunt when asked about the Jets during an appearance at CBS Sports HQ:

“Your season [the Jets] will be over before the goodbye. I mean, that’s just the reality. They’re playing all of AFC North and they could go 0-4. Then you have that winnable game against the Miami Dolphins, great that they’re hosting but they’re going to feel pretty desperate after that 0-4 start and get beaten. I mean there is a realistic scenario where they are 1-8 or 0-9. As much as the roster has improved, I just wasn’t a fan of Zach Wilson. I think that’s an incredibly difficult schedule coming up in the second half, but they could be decimated by that point. I made them win five games and probably return to the drawing board at the quarterback position in the 2023 NFL draft.

The former Notre Dame passer originally entered the league in 2007 as No. 22 overall in the first round.

Quinn played for seven different NFL teams during his eight-year playing career. Of course, that includes his brief stint with the Jets for a few months in 2013 as an inactive reserve quarterback:

That’s the harshest criticism Wilson or the Jets have received this offseason, but let’s get to it.

Quinn says the Jets could start 1-8 or 0-9 due to the brutal start to the season.

According to ESPN Advanced Analytics, Gang Green is currently a likely underdog in each of their first nine games of the 2022 season.

However, if you look closely at the situation, there are several winnable games based solely on the quarterbacks they are supposed to play:

The NFL has not yet ruled on the Deshaun Watson case, but it seems likely he will receive some suspension. This gives the Jets a unique opportunity to bring excitement to the streets.

Plus, none of those other quarterbacks scares you at the games we’ve circled. While some other facets of their team may be impressive, this is ultimately a quarterback-driven league.

To be honest, the Jets can’t start the season like this or heads will roll. General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh have hammered the same message of their desire to play “meaningful games in December”.

Despite their underdog status, if that’s going to happen, the Jets need to get through the first half of the schedule. If they can sneak a few here or there, the latter half of the schedule is on for a potential rally to make a difference.

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Despite their underdog status, if that’s going to happen, the Jets need to get through the first half of the schedule. If they can sneak a few here or there, the latter half of the schedule is on for a potential rally to make a difference.



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