The New York Jets’ coaching staff reportedly made the decision to bench starting quarterback Zach Wilson due to confidence issues, as reported by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports on Sunday morning. More specifically, the coaching staff and Wilson had both lost confidence in himself.
White started in place of Wilson and finished the game having completed 22 of 28 passes for 315 yards and three touchdown passes as the Jets dominated the Bears to the tune of a final score of 31-10. The win was significant for New York’s prospects of making the playoffs, but it may have been even more significant for the foreseeable future of their offense!
White started the game versus Chicago on fire despite the adverse circumstances caused by the weather. White and the Jets moved down the field on their first drive of the game, amidst heavy rain pouring at MetLife Stadium. White connected on six of his seven passes to start the game, which helped the Jets move the ball down the field. He finished off the drive by scoring his first touchdown of the day by connecting with rookie Garrett Wilson for the scoring touchdown.
White’s throw is notable for two different reasons. First, we’ll talk about the speed. White’s arm skill was one of his calling cards when he first came onto the scene in Western Kentucky. In point of fact, White showed great promise as a pitcher in high school, and many people anticipated that he would one day play professionally. But he abandoned baseball in favor of football.
During a dig route to Wilson, the ball can be seen exploding out of his hands and shooting upfield toward the rookie receiver.
However, there is also the way that White layers this throw by placing it over the defender who is beneath him in order to create the connection. White has the potential to put this pass over linebacker Matt Adams, but he still has to place it on Wilson to accomplish the completion.
White’s third touchdown of the day, a hookup with second-year receiver Elijah Moore for 22 yards, provides yet another illustration of his arm talent:
The Jets maintained their place in the postseason race with the victory against the Bears, moving their record to 7-5 on the season. The win against the Bears not only puts New York in a position to compete for a Wild Card slot at the moment, but it also keeps them in close reach first place in the AFC East. Both the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills have identical records of 8-3, however the Dolphins now have the tiebreaker advantage over the Bills since they had a victory against Buffalo from earlier in the season.