But Jets rookie wideout Garrett Wilson couldn't find any positivity after New York put up just 103 total yards on offense.
“This s*** is not OK. Straight up, it is not OK," Wilson said after the loss. "How many total yards did we have? That s*** is not going to fly. We got the dudes. It’s time to be consistent. It’s time to win the games we should win."
Jets quarterback Zach Wilson was equally inefficient as he was inept in the loss. He finished with 77 passing yards on just 9-of-22 completions. He was also sacked four times for 33 yards, meaning his net passing yards were an abysmal 44. Wilson's day would have been worse if the Patriots hadn't dropped two near-interceptions.
Moreover, a report from SNY's Connor Hughes said some teammates were upset with Wilson's attitude, "walking around after the game 'like he isn’t the problem.'"
Wilson (the receiver) didn't call out his quarterback by name, but he also noted that the Jets need to rely on their receivers more. New York's top pass catcher was Denzel Mims with two catches for 35 yards on six targets. Wilson finished with only two catches for 12 yards on three targets.
"Honestly, I feel like they gotta put more trust in the receiver room," Wilson said. "We can go up and make plays, do things, and I don’t know if everyone feels that way, but hopefully by next week everyone feels that way.”
Despite Wilson's horrific quarterback performance, head coach Robert Saleh refused to waver in his confidence in the second-year passer. He said that making a change from Wilson to backup Mike White was the “furthest thing from my mind.” However, he didn't mince words when asked about the Jets' second-half offensive performance where they totaled 2 yards:
Robert Saleh on the Jets' second-half offense:
"It was dogs---." pic.twitter.com/I16QvZ6nWt
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) November 20, 2022
This isn't a new phenomenon for the Jets. Wilson has held back the team's potential all season. The defense has proven to be one of the best in the NFL — as evidenced by six sacks and allowing just three points to the Patriots. But Wilson hasn't proven he can set up scoring drives on a consistent basis this season.
The loss to the Patriots is perhaps the worst display of Wilson's inability this season, and the Jets' locker room appears perturbed by his inadequacy as the team barrels toward a potential playoff run.
“It is unacceptable," Wilson, the receiver, added. "No one wants to feel like this but that’s not enough. You’ve got to do something about it. I feel this is a wake-up for some of the people in the facility. For us in the facility to get on our details."