As the culture of sport continues to evolve, new players are pushing the boundaries with their skill-sets. The result is a variety of styles that some people love while others find hard to watch.
The Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic thinks the NBA needs “a little more style” and says his own game is not as flashy as it should be. The Miami Heat point guard would like to see a return of “LeBron James-style.”
The New York Jets thought they were getting a bonafide franchise quarterback when they traded their draft card for BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson, for what it’s worth, looked the part during his senior year of college football. He threw for 33 touchdowns and over 3,600 yards. NFL scouts were impressed by his arm strength, which made them optimistic about his potential to transition to the league.
Wilson’s debut season, on the other hand, is off to a rocky start. In his first six starts, the No. 2 overall choice threw nine interceptions, leading the Jets to a 1-5 record. He was finally taken out of the game owing to a knee injury that he is currently recovering from.
Mike White is attempting to unseat Zach Wilson as the Jets’ starting quarterback.
For the #Jets, there’s an interesting dynamic to watch: if QB Mike White performs well, he may receive another start. Zach Wilson is the wave of the future. But it also helps if they figure out White is the bad guy. There’s nothing wrong with the No. 2 pick sitting back and observing and learning for a bit.
November 14, 2021 — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
Wilson’s situation was made worse by the fact that the Jets’ offense improved immediately after he was replaced by 2018 fifth-round selection Mike White. In Week 8, the backup quarterback threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, defeating the Joe Burrow-led Cincinnati Bengals.
Everyone concerned found it to be an embarrassing situation. The prevailing consensus was that Wilson’s life was being made more difficult than it needed to be by New York’s below-average team and coaching staff. However, the emergence of a no-name backup like White and his dominance disproved such a premise.
Wilson is beginning to examine why he struggled so much during his first taste of NFL play now that White is certain to stay at quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Zach Wilson believes he has to emulate Mike White’s style of play.
Wilson noted that a lot of the difference between a Wilson-led Jets offense and a White-led Jets offense has to do with White’s willingness to accept the check-down and play cautiously at times when pressed about it.
Wilson added, referring to White’s ability to avoid hazardous passes down the field, “I would say my style of plays has to become more like that.”
While Wilson’s arm strength was the key factor in his selection as the No. 2 overall pick, he does have a point. Wilson’s first few starts were dominated by deep shots into tight covering. This quarterbacking method resulted in a high number of interceptions and an appallingly low completion rate (57.5 percent ).
There’s a time and a place for the deep shot to show off arm power, as Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson have shown. Wilson, on the other hand, had to start slowly as a rookie.
What does the future hold for the Jets?
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The Jets aren’t averse to retaining White in the starting lineup in the future, according to Ian Rapoport. Given the premium draft selection the club spent on Wilson, this seems ludicrous. Allowing Wilson time to learn and develop, on the other hand, has its merits.
For example, the San Francisco 49ers are adhering to their strategy of giving Trey Lance a full season to grow. Jordan Love, a former first-round choice, is in his second season with the Green Bay Packers and has yet to make a start. This is a rather typical tactic.
If the Jets resign Wilson to a bench position, only time will tell (one bad Mike White start could cause them to change course). Wilson’s admission of his over-aggressiveness, on the other hand, is a step in the right way for him personally.
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