Aaron Rodgers’ Achilles injury has him feeling guilty with how this season has unfolded for Zach Wilson. The Jets’ backup quarterback was thrust into game action and ultimately the starting role when Rodgers suffered his injury in Week 1.
“This was obviously not the way any of us thought it was gonna go down. It was gonna be me and my show, and Zach getting to learn and watch it firsthand and not having the pressure to go out there and play,” Rodgers said during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“Obviously, this is disappointing. I have some personal guilt around the whole thing. I’m pissed I wasn’t able to play and frustrated. If I was out there, I’d feel like we were playing well,” he continued. “There would obviously be different narratives about our team and Zach would have the opportunity to learn and grow and see what it looks like without the pressure on and being able to sit in those meetings and go through the season and just watch me and my process.”
Wilson, drafted second-overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, has struggled at the position. Despite his shortcomings, though, Jets coach Robert Saleh continued to show confidence in Wilson and stuck with him for as long as the team possibly could. The final straw came Sunday during New York’s loss to the Buffalo Bills when he was benched for Tim Boyle.
Saleh told reporters the following day that not only would Wilson be benched, he’d be the third-string quarterback behind Boyle and Trevor Siemian — who the Jets signed after Rodgers went down in Week 1.
“This has been a tough go for all of us. A lot of times in these situations, there’s certain guys they gotta scapegoat. And I think there’s enough blame to go around at a number of different positions,” Rodgers said. “If you have 10 guys doing right on a play, and one guy not, it’s hard to be efficient.”
What Wilson’s future holds for him is unclear, but Rodgers believes he still has a bright future ahead of him.