‘We know what we are capable of’ – The Denver Post


Following the team’s 10-3 loss against the Patriots last weekend, wide receiver Garrett Wilson had some thoughts about the Jets offense.

“This s—t is sorry,” Wilson said. “We are out here looking sorry. We know that we are not sorry, so that’s why we know that it really hurts.

“We know we are better than that and that’s why it hurts. That’s why it is frustrating for me because we can do more.”

Maybe Wilson was right because the Jets offense looked far from sorry against the Bears on Sunday.

Gang Green finished with 466 yards and was 7 out of 12 in third down conversions in its 31-10 win against the Chicago Bears Sunday. The Jets also rushed for 158 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. The noticeable difference was the Jets’ quarterback.

Mike White started for Zach Wilson, who was benched after completing 9 of 22 passes for 77 yards against the Patriots, and had the best performance any quarterback in the Green and White has had this season. He completed 22 of 28 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns without turning the ball over once.

Wilson himself also had a big day as he caught five passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. After Sunday’s game, Wilson said he didn’t mean any harm to anyone by stating his feelings as he felt like people inside the Jets locker room were happy he expressed his feelings.

“I’m a person and I’m emotional,” Wilson said. “We haven’t played up to our standards.

“When that happens, I hold myself accountable, but I just want to see the change and that’s what came out of it. We know what we have in that room and we know what we are capable of. As a receiver room, we put it on us and that’s the type of mindset we gotta have if we want to go where we want to be.”

Wilson wasn’t the only receiver who has been frustrated by the Jets offense this season. Elijah Moore requested a trade last month after his role decreased with Zach Wilson under center. Against the Packers on Oct. 16, Moore wasn’t targetted a single time and vented his dissatisfaction on Twitter hours after the game.

Later that week, Moore reportedly got into an argument with Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and was sent home and later made inactive for the team’s next game at Denver.

After being sent home after the game against the Broncos, Moore has been quiet, but his role in the offense hasn’t changed much. In the three games before Sunday, Moore caught two passes for 17 yards as he was targeted five times.

That changed Sunday as Moore had his most notable game of the 2022 season. He caught just two passes for 64 yards, but both of them were significant.

Moore registered a 42-yard reception in the second quarter, which set up a field goal opportunity for the Jets. Then in the third, Moore caught a 22-yard touchdown pass that put Gang Green up 24-10.

Following Moore’s first touchdown of the season, he had a massive grin on his face as coming to the sideline. Following the game, Moore’s teammates were yelling, “free that man, free E,” and “E’s free.”

“I just really put my head down,” Moore said about the situation. “At the end of the day, everyone is going to go through something and this is my story. I’m just thankful that this is how it’s going to be written. We have another game, we have another week and I’m ready to put my best foot forward for that week too.

“If we scored or not, I was just glad I was part of the win and it feels good to win. I’m proud of everyone out there, we did our thing and that reflected in the score.”

A good quarterback is like a point guard in basketball, as they know how to distribute the ball and make everyone better. Not only did White hit Wilson and Moore in the right spots where they could capitalize with touchdowns, but he also kept the rest of the team involved offensively throughout the game.

White completed passes to 10 different receivers. That’s something no other Jets quarterback has done this season.

With the Jets defense being a top-10 statistical unit this year, the team is looking for just steady play from the quarterback position and that’s what White gave them the entire game. At 7-4, the Jets would make the playoffs if the postseason started today.

The Jets have some tough challenges ahead with the Vikings and the Bills in the upcoming weeks. But it appears the team is responding well to White’s presence and demeanor in the huddle and that could give him confidence moving toward the latter part of the season.

“He is really good at doing his job,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “He gets rid of the ball. He gets it to where it needs to get to.

“I thought our O-Line did a good job protecting him. When he needed to be aggressive, he was aggressive.

“Any time you have success, there is reinforcement. I don’t think there’s a guy in the locker room who didn’t think he would be able to perform today.”



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