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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Expert breaks down Zach Wilson’s flaws and promises before rookie’s comeback: ‘He’s a little disciplined’

Through Zach Wilson’s first six games, the No. 2 overall pick has played exactly the same way most rookie quarterbacks play.

Wilson had four touchdowns and nine interceptions (the sixth-highest in the NFL), with a completion percentage of 57.5 and a passer rating of 63.5.

Wilson then suffered a PCL injury and was sidelined for a month. He is now making a comeback on Sunday against the 2-8 Texans.

To get an expert review on how Wilson has played and where he can improve, the Daily News interviewed three NFL experts: former Jets lineman Damian Woody and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlowski, both analysts at ESPN. and Greg Cosell, NFL analyst and senior producer at NFL Films.

Issues and how to fix it

Wilson’s main two problems were accuracy and consistently going for the big game.

His second worst completion percentage was 57.5%. He also ranked low on completion percentage over expectation according to Next Gen Stats.

The CPOE combines the completion percentage and expected completion based on the probability of completion. This is a good metric for accuracy because it favors quarterbacks who consistently complete both incredibly difficult and easy throws. The leader is Kyler Murray with a 6.9; Wilson is last at -6.9.

According to TruMedia.com, Wilson also had the worst off-target percentage in the league.

The area where Wilson struggled the most were the intermediate throws of 10–19 yards. In that area, Wilson completed 41% of his throws, the second worst. He has a passer rating of 35 with seven interceptions, both the worst in the NFL according to Next Gen Stats.

“I think he’s still playing too much like a college quarterback,” Kossel said. “He’s a little disciplined.”

Cosell’s explanation for Wilson’s issues centered around fundamentals. Kossel sometimes saw the rookie’s movement as too loose.

“He needs to be more precise with his drops and his sets. He doesn’t really have a strong sense of timing for the way he has played,” said Kossel. “He is a young quarterback who has been off a schedule. Came out where he was able to just pretend. I think he’s transitioned to becoming a more nuanced, detailed accurate player in order to be consistently successful at the NFL level. He just needs to play his game with more precision.”

Orlovsky believes that accuracy issues revolve around aiming the football.

“It’s because he becomes the guide of the football and the little things, he is the goal of the football,” Orlovsky said. “You have to watch it and trust it. You never want to guide the football. It’s like you’re almost trying to be accurate and trying to get the ball out to the guy. That’s when. You’re trying to be so perfect and guiding the football out there, you can’t do that in the NFL.”

Orlovsky spoke of a better option for pushing and aiming the ball.

“Ball placement is paramount when guiding the ball,” Orlovsky said. “Ball placement happens for many different reasons. Having a really good base, using the ground for accuracy and velocity. Make sure your upper body torque is great. The front shoulder pointed the right way. The revolution, the release of football, a flicker of football is your wrist.”

The second issue with Wilson was going for the kill shot, even when he wasn’t there. That’s why his intended air yardage per attempt was 8.8, the sixth highest in the NFL. It’s a product of how he played at BYU.

“I think what he’s feeling hopefully is that talent is essential when circumstances call for it,” Orlovsky said. “Greatness in that position in the NFL is about consistency of boring, consistency of mundane, consistency of basic and fundamental. I think he also needs to learn that just because you have the ability to home runs doesn’t mean That you take home run swing all the time. Making platform throws and fun friend throws, that’s great. It’s a blessing when it’s needed. When it’s not needed, it’s a loss.”

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The counter of that is taking what the defense gives you and knocking down the check.

The other Jets quarterback did a better job of it and got the ball out early. Mike White had a throw time of 2.70, Joe Flacco’s 2.52 and Josh Johnson’s 2.79. All his intended air yards were less than eight yards per attempt.

That’s what led to an increase in the production of Wilson, running behind Michael Carter and Ty Johnson.

“You can only do the right thing with a football. Sometimes defenses just don’t allow you to throw it deep enough and when you want to throw it while you know it’s drawn on paper and the defense gets you right. Kind of planning. Sometimes they play it well,” Orlovsky said. “The boring thing,” he said echoing Robert Saleh, “is to throw the check down to make another six. And that’s hard for super-talented guys.”


Even though the numbers may not have been impressive, a blind person could see the brilliance of the hand in Wilson.

Woody cited Wilson’s best performance when he threw 297 yards with two touchdowns and made some great throws in Week 4.

“You can point to a Tennessee Titans game to see the brilliance of the hand,” Woody said. “Things he can do that a lot of quarterbacks can’t do as just improve.”

The off schedule reveals that Wilson can influence and that his gunslinging psyche is tantalizing.

Orlovsky is impressed by his ability to play.

“I think it’s good to have him aggressive with football. I think you’ve seen some creative plays. I think you’ve seen some athleticism out of pocket,” Orlowski said. “Accuracy downfield. There have been moments when you go, yes, that’s what it looks like. It should look like this… you never want to snatch a youngster’s sting… you always want people to be aggressive.”

don’t panic

It’s been a struggle for the former BYU star, who is normal for a rookie quarterback. The rookie years of Justin Herbert, Baker Mayfield, Andrew Luck, and Cam Newton are anomalies.

“The thing is, we’ve gotten to a point, unfortunately, with young quarterbacks where people expect to be great, but all these young quarterbacks. They’ve never played at this level before. And it’s tough. ,” Kossel said. “So, they need to learn a lot. They need to learn the fundamentals and mechanics and details of the situation. And then they need to learn their offense, and then they need to learn about defense in the NFL, that stuff is tough. ,

But in Woody’s eyes, there’s no reason to panic.

“I think that’s typical of any cheater to be honest with you,” Woody said. “It’s an unrealistic expectation of these guys to come and start like Justin Herbert. It’s really a distraction. What he’s going through is usually what happens with a bad team.”

A young quarterback can walk out of the gate. If he’s not Herbert now, it doesn’t matter. Josh Allen and others have proved that patience can pay off.

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