The New York Jets‘ offensive attack has been horrendous this year. A team with a stacked defense has simply struggled to see any type of help from Zach Wilson and the guys on the other side of the ball. While the organization still holds out hope that Aaron Rodgers will be able to come back from a torn Achilles this season, they have to find a way to stay in the hunt long enough to make the move possible.
As they head into Week 12 and a matchup with the Miami Dolphins on Black Friday up next, it looks like head coach Robert Saleh has seen enough from Wilson, and they are going to make a change at quarterback. Insert third-string QB Tim Boyle as he is in line to be the Jets’ Week 12 starter, putting Wilson on the bench.
Zach Wilson’s Struggles
To put it bluntly, it just has not been a good season for Wilson. Saleh and Co. hung on as long as they could, but ultimately, after another rough offensive performance, it was time for a change. Through 10 games, the Jets have gone 4-6, and Wilson has struggled throughout.
Wilson has thrown only six touchdown passes compared to seven interceptions, with a completion rate of 59.2% on the year. There is no denying that the Jets have talent on the roster as they have drafted well and have been aggressive in collecting talent via free agency, and the feeling around the league is that it was Wilson who may have been holding them back.
Following the loss on Sunday, Saleh had a chance to back his quarterback like he has all season long, and it was telling that he did not choose to do so. ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, while on The Pat McAfee Show, spoke to that fact.
“This was the first time all season that Robert Saleh didn’t back Zach Wilson, and that was telling … I think people have lost faith in that offense, and it wouldn’t surprise anybody if they made a QB change.”
Who Is Tim Boyle?
Boyle went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft and was later signed by the Green Bay Packers. Boyle spent the first two seasons of his NFL career with the Packers, where he appeared in 11 games, starting none of them.
In 2021, Boyle was on the move and signed a one-year deal with division rival Detroit Lions. That season, Boyle appeared in five games, starting three of them for the Lions, and went 0-3 during that time.
In 2022, Boyle once again found another home, this time signing with the Chicago Bears. Boyle appeared in one game last season, throwing only eight passes in that appearance. Fast forward to the current day as a member of the Jets, Boyle made his first and only appearance of the season in Week 11 in relief of Wilson.
Boyle is now set to start his first game in the NFL since 2021 against the Dolphins on a national stage.