The comparisons of Zach Wilson with Aaron Rodgers can be coming quick and livid when the Jets observe this week with the Packers.
It’s good and flattering for Wilson to hear, and for Namathian-deprived Jets followers to hear, however all people ought to do the child a favor and sluggish their roll, as former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur suggested as soon as following hysteria over Daniel Jones’ smashing preseason debut.
Here’s what Wilson and Rodgers have in frequent as they practice this week within the storied shadow of Lambeau Field:
They are both coached by LaFleurs: Rodgers by Matt, the Packers’ head coach; Wilson by Mike, the Jets’ offensive coordinator and youthful brother of Matt.
Now, permit me to plead responsible with a proof, I used to be amongst many enraptured by a few of Wilson’s magical off-platform throws within the lead-up to the NFL draft, which made it tough not to conjure up pictures of Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
More lately, Jets veteran backup quarterback Josh Johnson advised ESPN: “He reminds me a lot of Aaron Rodgers with some of the throws he makes, the way he can get his body in position and make unique throws in the pocket.”
Better Wilson remind a few of Rodgers, in fact, than remind them of, say, Ryan Leaf, or JaMarcus Russell.
Just as a result of he offers reminders of Aaron Rodgers doesn’t imply anybody ought to count on him to be The Next Aaron Rodgers, or dare take a Lambeau Leap of Faith that he can have an opportunity to even be in Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood one faraway day.
The Jets and their followers have been ready since 1977 for The Next Joe Namath, proper?
Much as a rule, there is no such thing as a Next Whomever.
So let’s nip the narrative within the bud and name a timeout for now, if for no different cause than to give the child a break.
Let’s let him be Zach Wilson first.
He can have greater than sufficient expectations on him when he makes his NFL debut because the Jets’ Week 1 starter … on the street … in opposition to Sam Darnold … and past.
Let younger Wilson benefit from the honeymoon that every one rookie franchise quarterbacks deserve when taking up a franchise that’s crying out for brand new hope and a brand new chief.
Let him develop on the job at a practical tempo.
The child is just a bit over per week faraway from head coach Robert Saleh making an attempt to tamp down these expectations by telling everybody that it could worsen earlier than it received higher as Wilson buried his head within the playbook and started studying the nuances of the offense.
It received higher final Saturday night time in Wilson’s temporary preseason debut, however simply because Justin Herbert didn’t take the Chargers on a roller-coaster experience in his rookie 2020 season hardly signifies that Wilson received’t encounter turbulence as Saleh’s Jet pilot.
Aaron Rodgers wasn’t even Aaron Rodgers straight away after sitting for 3 seasons behind Brett Favre.
Rodgers threw 59 passes over these first three seasons of what’s going to be a Hall of Fame profession. He threw one landing go. He was intercepted as soon as. He might need been pressured to sit once more in 2008 if Favre hadn’t determined to retire after which unretire in time for coaching camp, a lot to the chagrin of then-head coach Mike McCarthy and normal supervisor Ted Thompson. When Favre was traded to the Jets that summer season, the Aaron Rodgers Era lastly started. At the top of his third season as starter, Rodgers was Super Bowl XLV MVP.
Wilson will gush someday this week about assembly Rodgers and watching him observe. And it’s extra possible than not that somebody, even perhaps a Packer — even perhaps Rodgers himself, maybe Matt LaFleur — will gush over a number of of Wilson’s particular throws.
Jets GM Joe Douglas didn’t draft Zach Wilson and count on him to be Aaron Rodgers. Certainly not now. Not for some time. If ever.
So for the child’s sake, let’s flip down the quantity and see if he might be Zach Wilson.