As the third quarter came to a close, Wilson had completed just seven of his 15 passes and been sacked five times. Coach Robert Saleh had seen enough and benched Wilson in favor of backup Tim Boyle, who did not fare much better against the Bills but was at least a change of pace.
After the game, Saleh had to answer some tough questions about his offense. ESPN's Rich Cimini noted that Wilson went the entire game without completing a pass to a wide receiver.
"How is that even possible?" Cimini asked.
Saleh was at a loss for words.
“I don’t have an answer for that,” Saleh said. “Obviously, we’ll go back and watch all the tape. … Whether it’s separation, being more decisive, protecting, like I said, none of it was good.”
Rich Cimini of ESPN informed #Jets HC Robert Saleh that Zach Wilson did not complete a pass to a WR during the #Bills game, ‘what goes into something like that? How is that even possible?’— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) November 20, 2023
‘Uhm… you know what I don’t have an answer for that’ 😳 said they will review the tape… pic.twitter.com/cp0cVFsVs3
Indeed, of Wilson's seven completions, five were to running back Breece Hall, and one each to tight ends Tyler Conklin and Jeremy Ruckert. While wide receiver Allen Lazard did at one point catch one of Wilson's passes, the play was called back due to a penalty, nullifying the completion.
At 4–6, the Jets are currently well outside the playoff picture in the AFC. The offense is in desperate need of a kickstart, averaging less than 10 points a game in their past four outings.
Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that Aaron Rodgers was eyeing a return on Christmas Eve after tearing his Achilles in the first game of the season, just four plays into his tenure with the Jets. But if Rodgers’s comeback is to mean anything, the Jets have to figure out a way to steal some wins without him.