The New York Jets made a decision to let Willie Colon go in order to give Zach Wilson more playing time. However, the former Jet was quick to take his frustrations out on a social media platform and bash the newly signed linebacker for being “selfish.”
Zach Wilson’s mom was not happy with Willie Colon for calling her son “selfish.” The former Jets player bashed the quarterback for being a “selfish” person.
The New York Jets played a terrific game of football this past weekend, which has become somewhat of a rarity this season. They led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the most of the day, only losing thanks to a last-second game-winning drive by Tom Brady.
Despite their outstanding performance, the Jets couldn’t leave without some controversy. Following the defeat due to a botched fourth-down play, rookie quarterback Zach Wilson was dubbed “selfish.”
For a failed fourth-and-2 play, Zach Wilson has been dubbed “selfish.”
Let’s go over the Jets’ 4th & 2 call again. Zach Wilson’s decision to call his own phone was a selfish move, according to my friend @willcolon66. Nothing about the defense’s appearance suggests that the QB sneak was a good idea. Wilson attempted to win it on his own. pic.twitter.com/qQJ6Af32Yi
January 4, 2022 — Steven Cheah (@StevenCheah)
Robert Saleh and the Jets opted to go for broke late in the game (2:17 left to be precise). At the Buccaneers’ seven-yard line, it was fourth-and-2, and they were going for it in an effort to put the game away. The Jets could have easily gone for a field goal instead, but Saleh wanted to try for the victory straight away.
The first play was an end-around intended for wide receiver Braxton Berrios. Zach Wilson, on the other hand, tried to sneak for the two yards himself. After the botched sneak, Tom Brady marched down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown.
Willie Colon, a former Jets offensive tackle, cited Wilson’s botched fourth-and-2 as an example of his selfishness after the game.
“First and foremost, we were praising his ability not to give the ball off to Braxton Berrios when we felt like he should have,” Colon said. “And we thought it was a selfish deed, therefore we’re going to name that act, that play at that time, selfish.” That’s what we’re talking about when we say “selfish.”
Robert Saleh, the Jets’ head coach, jumped to his quarterback’s defense.
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Colon’s remarks seemed to come out of nowhere. Wilson attempting to get the first down himself, he said, was a case of hero ball. NFL quarterbacks all throughout the league fall prey to this mentality, attempting to be the hero at all times. Wilson’s blunder, on the other hand, seemed like just that: a blunder.
When questioned about Colon’s remarks, head coach Robert Salah pointed to the accomplishments of his rookie quarterback.
“I’m not sure about that,” Saleh said. “He’s a newbie.” In terms of the strategy, his head is barely above water. In terms of merely performing things the way they’re set out, he’s still in a satisfying phase of his career. If you’re talking about year three or four, and he accomplishes anything along those lines, I suppose you may start. However, as a rookie still trying to understand out this league and what he can and can’t get away with, as well as how to take charge of things and all that, In terms of being a selfish player, he’s nothing like that.”
Zach Wilson isn’t selfish, but he has to step up his game this summer.
Wilson shouldn’t be blamed fully for a failed handoff, but he shouldn’t be called selfish for it. In fact, when it comes to the Jets’ issues, Wilson not being as excellent as promised is towards the top.
Wilson was selected second overall by the Jets, with the assumption that he would develop into a franchise quarterback. He hasn’t even come close to looking the part thus far.
Wilson has plenty of time to turn the story around on himself. The more he suffers, the more his detractors will find new ways to criticize him and his character.
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