Mike Francesa has just about seen enough of Zach Wilson.
Wilson struggled with pocket awareness as the Jets fell to the Lions 20-17 on Sunday. On his BetRivers podcast this week, Francesa skewered the quarterback’s performance.
“Wilson makes the game completely uncomfortable on every down,” Francesa said. “Wilson makes the easy hard. He makes everything look hard. He has no idea how to play the position. Zero. He has no pocket awareness. He has no footwork. He has no touch on the football. He does not know how to throw anybody open. He does not know how to look away from his primary read. He does everything wrong and then he makes some crazy throws against his body, on broken plays, that go for big yardage.
“He can make plays on the run on broken plays but that’s the only time he’s any good. The rest of the time he stinks.”
Wilson, the second overall pick in the NFL Draft last year, has had a whirlwind season. It began with a knee injury that led him to miss the first three weeks. The Jets won his first four starts, before going 1-2 in a three-game stretch that included two losses to the Patriots. Wilson was benched for Mike White after declining to take accountability for the latter loss.
On the podcast, Francesa continued beating the drum on Wilson’s lack of requisite instincts.
“And he doesn’t have any clue how to play the position. None!” Francesa exclaimed. “He makes you uncomfortable. He’s not in a position to throw the ball when he drops back — he drops back like he’s in la-la land. He looks up and there’s five guys in his face. He doesn’t know when to throw the ball away. He has guys wide open and he misses them by 20 yards, or he tries to throw it through them, where you need a little touch.”
Francesa explained that quarterbacks need to play with “finesse” sometimes, but that Wilson never makes the right throw. He concluded with a whopper of an analogy.
“You know what he looks like?” Francesa asked. “He looks like you handed him a car, and he’s never been behind the wheel and he’s just trying to take that car everywhere. He’s everywhere trying to keep that car on the road. That’s how he looks at the quarterback position. Add it all up. He was just terrible at the position, terrible.”
The Jets announced Tuesday that Mike White will not be healthy enough to play against the Jaguars on Thursday night, which means Wilson is due for another start.
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