To lead the New Look Jets attack into unfamiliar territory, Zach Wilson must greatly improve basic attributes
The stage is ready. Zach WilsonNo. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, will soon start the second year in green and white (exact date to be determined).
The fact of the matter is that all eyes will be on Wilson’s development. Every detail of every shot will be closely scrutinized by fans and the media. Fair or not, the social media juggernaut will constantly compare his weekly shows to the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Tre Lance, Justin Fields, Mac Jones, etc.
Everyone wants an answer to one (huge) question:
Is Zach Wilson the New York Jets quarterback?
Joe Douglas He’s spent the past few seasons trying to build a list that gives Zack the best chance of answering that question in the affirmative. We know the names: Laken Tomlinson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Duane Brown, Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Garrett Wilson, Braxton Berrios, Michael Carter, Breece Hall, Tyler Conklin, CJ Uzomah and Jeremy Ruckert. Quite the fix.
Now, despite the fact that they haven’t played a game together yet, it’s hard not to get excited about the potential of this group. With years of unwatchable offensive football enduring, there is a sense that Douglas has put together an intriguing blend of explosive young talent with veterans that will put the Jets in a position to alter the course of their recently unbearable offensive history.
Looks unfamiliar area on the right. The New York Jets quarterback was created with surrounding talent? the time now.
It is imperative that Wilson puts on his noise-canceling headphones, keeps his head down and silences the crowd by seizing the opportunity from the horns.
Be honest about where you are so you can get where you want to be
On June 16, 2022, the New York Jets released the first episode of the documentary series Journey 2022. There is a moment in the episode where Zach Wilson is sitting on his couch watching a toy movie, and he says this:
“You know we go back and watch the junior season and most of the time I’ve been sitting there thinking…what do I do?”
This assessment appears to be accurate, honest, and fairly straightforward. BYU’s junior season has been full of hard-to-watch moments and itchy head extensions. Over the course of this past slump season, it has been important for Zach to sit back, run the bar, and be honest in his assessment.
The only way to grow is to understand where you are so you know what to do to take a step forward.
This quote prompted me to look at Zach’s rising season from a different perspective. After studying the film, I made what I believe is a guide on how to dramatically improve the young player’s performance over the rookie and breathe life into Gates’ talented attack.
Yes, the key to Zach Wilson’s 2022 improvement is the CPR acronym Just wait with me on this – here’s what it means:
A: Comfort and creativity
Rest slows down the game. Being able to play quickly without being in a hurry; Be calm in moments and deliver the ball with confidence.
I paired comfort with creativity because once Zach seems more comfortable (especially in the pocket), those flowy/characteristic plays he can make will not only be natural, but more often. As you become more comfortable with the routine, the opportunities for creativity by demonstrating his level of talent will be more prevalent.
P: progress and protection
This is a follow up to rest.
Earlier in August, Mike LaFleur I talked about Zach thinking a lot in the first year rather than just playing center. Post-surprise progress should become second nature. If it’s not there, go to #2 or find out where to pick.
I paired progression with protection because while Zach goes through his lead, he has to remember to take care of the football – both while he’s in the pocket and when he goes to extend play. In my opinion, unless Zach grossly missed an open receiver, extending the play just to make the football a souvenir is a positive.
R: reading and rhythm
Admittedly, I really struggled with the way I wanted to explain this. I knew that reading and cadence are very important and fit perfectly but I had a hard time distinguishing between tempo and rest.
Next, I listened to an episode of The Pivot Podcast where the Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was interviewed. Liftwich was asked what makes Tom Brady special. Now, I was thinking what the others were up to – here comes the answer we’ve heard a million times. wrong – wrong – wrong.
Leftwich said, “The simplicity with which he sees the game and does not get bored. If there is a flat road, he will take it, if 1 is open in progress, he will take it – 100% of the time.”
All this means is that this is all about stacking the positives. Zach needs to do more than we hoped he could do last year. Take the squares, put the soccer ball in the hands of the playmakers in the space, move the chains, and do the little things right. Get into your rhythm and bring the other ten men with you.
In my opinion, if Zach followed this guide through every ride, he would have answered every question he’s been asked since the rookie season ended. A byproduct of that? The Jets’ crime will be described by a word that has escaped their vocabulary for over a decade: fixed.
In the end, the movie division features nearly 45 plays from Zach’s rookie season (and two BYU bonuses—she couldn’t help it). A mixture of some bad, some good, and some really good. There are plays for Zach to improve upon but also plays to build upon and gain confidence from.
The film split focuses on Zack’s mechanics. The mechanics, to me, fall into the comfort category. Certainly, the breakdown is littered with other aspects of CPR and X’s and O’s. But at this point, the 2022 season is less than a week away and everyone has seen these plays for the most part. I wanted the partition to be from a different perspective.
Besides, splitting plays from a mechanical perspective was also full of fun. It will be even more fun to look back after every week of Zach’s sophomore campaign and CPR application
Without further ado, let’s dive in.