Although New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson had a strong performance last night against the Chiefs, a costly fumble led to Kansas City holding on to their lead and ultimately taking home the win.
Rodney Harrison Bashed Zach Wilson
Wilson led the comeback attempt that looked to give them the opportunity to take down the reigning Super Bowl champs and had his best performance so far this season. Still, NBC’s Rodney Harrison did not hesitate to criticize the quarterback.
After Sunday’s Chiefs-Jets game, the former safety seemingly tried to encourage Chiefs defender Chris Jones to criticize Wilson, but he did not take the bait.
he was doing way too much. unprofessional as i’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/o6ouahzEOZ
— BLEEDEM (@stefanskifan) October 2, 2023
“Was Zach better tonight than what you anticipated he would be watching him on tape? And you can be honest,” Harrison asked.
“Honestly, if I’m being completely honest, we knew it was gonna be a battle. He’s continuing to get better week in and week out. He’s continuing to lead week in and week out,” Jones responded. But Harrison interjected, “But watching that tape, man, you gotta look at this dude and say, ‘He is garbage, like, we should really tear him apart.'”
“Like I said, Zach Wilson is special, man. You just gotta give the guy time, you know what I mean?” Jones said.
“Wait, did you say Zach Wilson is ‘special?’ I think he had a special night, but I don’t think he’s ‘special,'” Harrison responded.
In the awkward back-and-forth exchange, Harrison failed to give any credit to Wilson, who showed tremendous improvement from his first three games as he threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions against Kansas City.
Harrison’s remarks saw criticism from fans and players. Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons took to social media to share his two cents, saying he hopes Wilson “proves a lot of these people wrong.”
Broo honestly I’ll never understand media!! This platform should been a moment to praise the chiefs and they win!! This guy is trying to completely trying tear Zach Wilson down !! I don’t get it!! I honestly hope Zach proves a lot of these people wrong! https://t.co/wEeNDaNW9q
— Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) October 2, 2023
After the game, Wilson was seen on the bench saying, “I lost the game. It’s my fault, bro,” to a teammate after his performance came up just short due to the fumble.
Zach Wilson said, "I lost the game. It's my fault bro". I feel for the kid. He played great tonight. They were a hair away from beating the defending champs. Love seeing his teammates lifting him up throughout the game though. Jets might be ok after all. pic.twitter.com/jF96a89jTx
— Jake Laskey (@WeDo_WithJL) October 2, 2023
While the loss was hard to swallow for Jets fans, Wilson’s performance was promising. As Parsons said, if Wilson can continue to block out the noise and play at a high level, he will be able to prove a lot of people wrong this season.