Jets’ Zach Wilson will have to ‘suck it up’ and ‘keep his mouth shut’ with Aaron Rodgers in town: radio great


New York City sports radio legend Mike Francesa explained on Monday what Jets quarterback Zach Wilson will have to do in 2023 and beyond as long as Aaron Rodgers remained the starter.

Questions about Wilson’s abilities grew louder in 2022 after he failed to take responsibility for the way the offense performed in a brutal loss to the New England Patriots. Months later, the Jets acquired Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers and brought hope to the Jets faithful.

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Zach Wilson vs the Jaguars

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, #2, warms up at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. (Danielle Parhizkaran / USA TODAY NETWORK)

Now, the question remains – what will the Jets do with Wilson? Francesa appeared on his BetRivers podcast and said he did not think Rodgers would be teaching Wilson anything purposefully. He said that was not what the four-time MVP was brought to East Rutherford, New Jersey, to do.

Francesa said Wilson will have to do everything he can to learn from Rodgers on his own.

“He is going to have to suck it up, practice, practice, practice, hustle, learn and all that time just keep his mouth shut,” Francesa said, via the New York Post. “He has been handed a very, very tough road to travel. Maybe he comes out the other side, maybe he doesn’t. If it does, it’ll be a hell of a story.

Mike Francesa in 2019

Actor/radio host Mike Francesa attends the “Uncut Gems” premiere during the 57th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on Oct. 3, 2019 in New York City. (Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Aaron Rodgers with his jersey

New York Jets’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers poses with a jersey after a news conference at the NFL football team’s training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, Wednesday, April 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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“He earned the place he’s got now. He was that bad. So, he has got to put in the time, learn his craft, work on his footwork, learn how to quarterback. He’s going to get a chance to watch and see how one of the greatest quarterbacks in history prepares.”

Wilson made clear in January that any veteran presence the team brought in at quarterback he would give him “hell” in practice.

Zach Wilson vs the Lions

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, #2, walks off the field after losing to the Detroit Lions, 20-17, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (Danielle Parhizkaran / USA TODAY NETWORK)

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In 22 games over his first two seasons, Wilson has 4,022 passing yards, 15 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions. The Jets are 8-14 in his starts.



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