There’s nothing worse for a rookie quarterback than going up against a defense coached by Bill Belichick. Unfortunately for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, he’ll have to deal with Belichick’s defense on Sunday when his team faces the New England Patriots.
Wilson went through some highs and lows in his regular season debut, completing 54.1 percent of his passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Even though Wilson is just a rookie, Belichick has a tremendous amount of respect for the BYU product’s skillset. He explained why during this Wednesday’s press conference.
“He’s an explosive player,” Belichick said, via NESN. “He’s got a great arm. Live arm. Makes all the throws. Athletic. Like any young player, you know, they gain experience and get better every time they go out there.”
Bill Belichick on Zach Wilson's first start:
"He's got a great arm, he's athletic, like any young player, he's going to get better every time he goes out there."
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) September 15, 2021
Belichick highlighted Wilson’s ability to make difficult throws out of the pocket. That’s something New England will try to neutralize on Sunday.
“It’s the unpredictability that comes with players like that,” Belichick told reporters. “You have things under control, you have a pattern covered, and then something happens, and they make a big play. They can turn plays that don’t start good into explosive plays offensively, and that’s a big challenge for us, to play every play all the way through, finish the plays and compete for the entire down. He puts a lot of pressure on you and so does the offense.”
The Jets’ offense only put up 14 points in Week 1, but it’s very clear that Belichick won’t overlook that unit.
Kickoff for the Jets-Patriots game this Sunday is at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.