Zach Wilson, Davis Mills Benched

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson
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NFL Week 12 - New York Jets players were informed Wednesday that second-year quarterback Zach Wilson is not starting Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.  

Wilson, currently 5-2 on the season, ranks 23rd among qualifying quarterbacks in both DVOA and DYAR. He is one year removed from finishing with the 16th worst DYAR from a rookie in DVOA history. 

Wilson drew scrutiny this week during his postgame press conference following the Jets' game against the New England Patriots. Wilson, when presented his stat line of 9-for-22 for 77 yards and four sacks with two yards of second-half offense, answered "no" when asked whether he felt as though he let his team's defense down.

The Jets currently have Joe Flacco and Mike White rostered as quarterbacks for Sunday's game against Chicago. Flacco finished 1-2 in the three games he started this season during Wilson's stint with an injured ankle. According to SNY's Connor Rogers, Mike White took over backup quarterback duties from Flacco about a month ago, serving as the active quarterback on gamedays.

UPDATE: The Houston Texans have also benched their starting quarterback, Davis Mills, and will replace him with Kyle Allen for this week's game against the Miami Dolphins.


21 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2022, 8:25pm

#1 by Paul R // Nov 23, 2022 - 11:41am

The Jets averaged 2.77 inches per play in the second half against the Pats. In Wilson's defense, it was cold.

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#4 by dmb // Nov 23, 2022 - 3:48pm

Imagine how low that number would've been if Wilson had let the Jets' defense down!

Also, the UI may say that your comment has 0 points, but I have mentally awarded your comment a point. Congratulations!

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#9 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 23, 2022 - 8:44pm

I'd award both of you a point, but I think this site is like Whose Line is it Anyway, and the points don't matter!  So, 1000 points to each of you.

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#2 by KnotMe // Nov 23, 2022 - 3:15pm

They actually DID it? I was kinda expecting it to be like all the stupid media speculation about Dallas or NE having a "QB controversy" and...nothing would happen bc that would be stupid. 

My guess is Mike White  will be bad and they will go back to Wilson the next week. 


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#6 by Cythammer // Nov 23, 2022 - 5:05pm

Dak Prescott has been an established starter for years. That includes seasons where he was among the best rated QBs in the league by DVOA. I don't think these situations are comparable at all.

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#17 by BigRichie // Nov 24, 2022 - 11:03am

Knot is going back a few years. (maybe even pre-Romo)

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#3 by greybeard // Nov 23, 2022 - 3:41pm

Looking forward to Jets signing JimmyG next year and contending.

When all is said and done it seems like Lawrence and Fields would be the only QBs from that class that are not colossal mistakes.

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#7 by Cythammer // Nov 23, 2022 - 5:08pm

Hmm, I'd say Fields is a long way away from proving himself not to be a colossal mistake. His passing DVOA is absolutely awful this year... Being much worse than, among others, Zach Wilson.

Mac Jones is easily the guy from that class with the best performance in his career so far.

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#10 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 23, 2022 - 8:45pm

Considering how poorly Mac Jones has played in his sophomore season, that ... is really bad.

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#14 by Cythammer // Nov 24, 2022 - 1:00am

He already has full season of being, by DVOA, an above average starter. I don't know why a partial season of struggles should outweigh that.

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#16 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 24, 2022 - 10:28am

My point was he's regressed in season two and if he's still the best in his class, that says something really bad about that year's class of QBs.

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#5 by KnotMe // Nov 23, 2022 - 4:23pm

What's the point of benching Mills? See what Kyle Allen has? 

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#15 by BJR // Nov 24, 2022 - 8:20am

I think it reaches the stage where a coaching staff cannot sit idly by through atrocious QB play, and risk losing the locker room, even if the alternative is unlikely to be any better. 

The Texans' strategy for this season was to see if Mills could build upon his promising rookie season, and perhaps become a viable long term starter. We now know the answer. But he's shown enough - in a bad situation - that he could hang around for a few years as a backup. Given he's on a rookie 3rd round contract, I doubt the Texans will be parting ways with him. 

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#8 by Jetspete // Nov 23, 2022 - 6:16pm

It’s unfair to Wilson and the organization to start him against good pass defenses then bench him against Chicago in a classic get right spot. You want to give him a short leash? Fine. But this is bad. 

the jets had two chances to give White a real shot, last year when a Wilson was a mess and then this year when he was hurt. They chose to go back to Wilson and, because they traded a pick for him, went to ancient flacco this season. This is just an awful organization and woody deserves the same treatment Snyder gets.

The jets have drafted six quarterbacks the last 20 years in first two rounds, and as bad as he is Wilson is ahead of all of them at same point. Clemens only had one start, Sanchez had peaked, geno and Sam were lost and Hack never saw the field. Maybe it’s not Wilson’s fault 

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#11 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 23, 2022 - 8:48pm

His post-game interview comments this week were totally Wilson's fault.  And if he displayed the same attitude in the locker room, he likely lost the team.  That may have forced management's hand.

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#18 by BigRichie // Nov 24, 2022 - 11:07am

I've no doubt his teammates aren't holding against him how, with .00026 seconds to think about it, Wilson responded to a 'Gotcha!' question.

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#12 by mehllageman56 // Nov 23, 2022 - 11:51pm

I would have preferred Wilson get pulled last week.  I agree that White should have started the season, the Flacco love is absurd, but last year White had a trainwreck game against Buffalo, the #1 pass defense at that time (probably better than this year's version of New England, with a healthy Tre'Davious White at corner) and then went back to Wilson immediately.  Saleh hasn't done himself any favors with the timing, but Wilson probably needed to be benched just for accountability.

I wouldn't put Johnson in the same garbage pile as Snyder; he doesn't have ten lawsuits against him right now.  DYAR agrees that Wilson is in a better place than those others in his second year, but only Geno has done anything since then.  Not the best group to be compared to.  Only Clemens and Hack got time on the bench to start, and realistically neither of them were going to work out; perhaps rushing the others was not the way to go.

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#19 by ImNewAroundThe… // Nov 24, 2022 - 12:04pm

Does the subject line even work anymore? "Points" and the sorting is...pointless. I do miss when the FRONT PAGE gave the time of the last comment but that was updates ago.

Anyway, like it was mentioned the Flacco trade made no sense last year. But the worst part was they re-signed him! To more than the min! Now he's QB2 and Wilson will be inactive because...who knows why.

Mills benching makes no sense though. It's Kyle Allen. Not a rookie (like they should've drafted!!!) but they were so adamant on giving Mills a shot. Apparently that's not even 11 games though! Ah, horrible thinking! But should we be surprised? Just HAD to secure Kyle Allen at more than the min to...tank? As if Mills wasn't doing that? I don't understand where the "lose the locker" thought process comes in (unlike with Wilson with that interview answer). Everyone clearly seems to know this team sucks (and why Cooks wanted out), yall really think KYLE ALLEN will trick them into believing? This is just switching seats on the titanic but to a lower deck.

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#20 by BJR // Nov 26, 2022 - 4:43am

In reply to by ImNewAroundThe…

Mills has been terrible this year. Far below replacement level. Check the numbers on this very site. It's not about 'tanking', it's about accountability. Keep starting a guy who is obviously terrible and not giving the team a chance of winning, and yeah, you soon start pissing off other players. 

The coaching staff are trying to win games. Of course it is desperation. But you can't fault them for benching a second year player with 21 starts when he is terrible. I don't expect Kyle Allen to be much better, but he can hardly be much worse.

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#21 by ImNewAroundThe… // Nov 26, 2022 - 8:25pm

I didn't say he was great. Or even replacement level.

Piss off who? Same mediocre rando on a 1 year deal? It's not about who'll be better but to confirm what you have in a guy before moving on, after giving him every chance. We KNOW Allen isn't it. 

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