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Aaron Rodgers is the New York Jets quarterback now but that doesn’t mean Alex Smith will stop roasting them for how he perceives they mishandled Zach Wilson.

A former NFL quarterback who’s now an analyst, Smith took shots at Jets coach Robert Saleh recently on NFL Network Radio.

“Yeah, Robert Saleh, you’re a great defensive mind and coordinator, but like you have no idea how to develop a quarterback,” Smith said. “The coordinator you hired (Mike LaFleur) never called plays. So that’s a completely different animal. And as much as you think you’re prepared to handle that development of a young kid, you’re just not."

Wilson was the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and has been a major disappointment with the Jets. He was handed the starting job as a rookie and failed miserably. Things didn’t get better last season when he was benched twice in favor of Mike White.

Not first time Alex Smith blamed Robert Saleh

Last December, Smith took a swipe at how Saleh and the Jets were handling Wilson.

“The QB musical chairs weekly, like ‘You’re the starter this week, you’re the backup, you’re not dressing, no, you start this week, you’re not dressing.’ The lack of consistency, the lack of a plan that has been in place to develop Zach Wilson [is concerning],” Smith said on a Monday Night Football broadcast.

 

Before he mutually agreed to part ways with the Jets at the end of last season, LaFleur admitted they should have done things differently with Wilson. Most importantly, he said New York should have had a veteran quarterback on the roster to challenge Wilson for playing time and to mentor him, as well. Jets general manager Joe Douglas made similar comments to Pro Football Talk last week.

In Rodgers, the Jets now have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time for Wilson to learn from. Of course, there’s no competition for the starting job. Rodgers is No. 1 on the Jets depth chart. Wilson, who idolized Rodgers growing up, hopefully will learn valuable lessons watching the 39-year-old while serving as his backup.

Wilson is 8-14 in 22 games as a starter. The 23-year-old has completed just 55.2 percent of his passes and has thrown more interceptions (18) than touchdowns (15).

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1 hour ago, LAD_Brooklyn said:

Aaron Rodgers is the New York Jets quarterback now but that doesn’t mean Alex Smith will stop roasting them for how he perceives they mishandled Zach Wilson.

A former NFL quarterback who’s now an analyst, Smith took shots at Jets coach Robert Saleh recently on NFL Network Radio.

“Yeah, Robert Saleh, you’re a great defensive mind and coordinator, but like you have no idea how to develop a quarterback,” Smith said. “The coordinator you hired (Mike LaFleur) never called plays. So that’s a completely different animal. And as much as you think you’re prepared to handle that development of a young kid, you’re just not."

Wilson was the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and has been a major disappointment with the Jets. He was handed the starting job as a rookie and failed miserably. Things didn’t get better last season when he was benched twice in favor of Mike White.

Not first time Alex Smith blamed Robert Saleh

Last December, Smith took a swipe at how Saleh and the Jets were handling Wilson.

“The QB musical chairs weekly, like ‘You’re the starter this week, you’re the backup, you’re not dressing, no, you start this week, you’re not dressing.’ The lack of consistency, the lack of a plan that has been in place to develop Zach Wilson [is concerning],” Smith said on a Monday Night Football broadcast.

 

Before he mutually agreed to part ways with the Jets at the end of last season, LaFleur admitted they should have done things differently with Wilson. Most importantly, he said New York should have had a veteran quarterback on the roster to challenge Wilson for playing time and to mentor him, as well. Jets general manager Joe Douglas made similar comments to Pro Football Talk last week.

In Rodgers, the Jets now have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time for Wilson to learn from. Of course, there’s no competition for the starting job. Rodgers is No. 1 on the Jets depth chart. Wilson, who idolized Rodgers growing up, hopefully will learn valuable lessons watching the 39-year-old while serving as his backup.

Wilson is 8-14 in 22 games as a starter. The 23-year-old has completed just 55.2 percent of his passes and has thrown more interceptions (18) than touchdowns (15).

This was from December... this is not new.

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54 minutes ago, undertow said:

I remember watching this during a Monday night game in like November.....any reason why this is making the rounds again?  Are people really this bored or desperate for attention?

This was brought up on radio just yesterday, I believe. Alex Smith is just repeating what he and Steve Young said during the TV broadcast last year, but just a general statement that D-coach can’t develop QBs. Kind of a silly generalization since the head coach is rarely responsible for hands on developing the QB. Knapp situation was a tragedy, but even with him, maybe Zach is a little better. Still don’t think we would be talking about him as a star right now. Most of the time,  it’s the player, more than the coaches. Slow news day, I guess.

 

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These guys need to fck off.... they parade around this low hanging headline fruit; the woulda/coulda/shoulda mobius strip of Z Wilson parallel realities.... and they'll keep doing this until it becomes empirically clear the guy sucks ass -- and then they won't talk about him at all.  

AND if he does develop, they'll all act like this was a necessary mountain to climb for his journey. 

Drop Acid and find something else to do, Alex.

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I was just telling my wife that in 2005 I was watching the draft and there were two QBs who were supposed to be "THE" guys and everyone was wondering who would be the first one drafted Alex Smith or Aaron Rodgers.Well Smith went first #1 to the 49ers and this was one of the last years that RBs would ever go so high Ronnie Brown went #2 to Miami then Cedric Benson at 4 said he felt like the whole draft process was a throwback to slavery, being up there was like being sold as a slave-what an idiotic thing to equate. Cadillac Williams went 5th and that was the last time that 3 RBs have been chosen in the top 10 and only 10 RBs have been chosen in the top. 10 since that 2005 draft and not 1 in the last 5 years 2017 the Giants picked Barkley since him zilch

Anyway Aaron Rodgers sat in the green room stone faced for hours and was finally chosen #24 at around 4 in the afternoon. Could there be a little jealousy at work here? THE guy is retired now and the guy who he beat out is still playing and about to be on the biggest stage in all of football and all he has to say is it's Saleh's fault that Wilson sucks? Was he watching the same player we had been seeing throwing screen passes in the ground or 10 feet over the head on a WR screen? or how about the running around like a scared kid running from the high school bully? 

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So little Alex Smith is eager to throw shade on a team that now has AR playing for them?

Hmmmm wonder what that connection is all about? Oh. The guy you were supposed to be better than is, was abs about to be better than you again. You cannot throw shade on him because you would sound ridiculous so the next best thing is the team, coach, etc

It's sad then they can't just leave the spotlight and go have a 2nd career outside of the spotlight so they say things just to be relevant again.

Sent from the NY Jets /Zack Wilson Suicide Watch desk.

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2 hours ago, EarthWindandRodgers said:

In Salehs defense he hired Greg Knapp who does have experience developing QBs. I doubt Smith even is aware of that. 

 

I doubt Greg Knapp or any veteran qb would have made zach Wilson a serviceable qb. Sometimes the player you pick just sucks. Wilson had a lot more weapons and talent around him than darnold ever did and he looked 10X worse than darnold ever did.

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3 hours ago, Jdeet said:

This was brought up on radio just yesterday, I believe. Alex Smith is just repeating what he and Steve Young said during the TV broadcast last year, but just a general statement that D-coach can’t develop QBs. Kind of a silly generalization since the head coach is rarely responsible for hands on developing the QB. Knapp situation was a tragedy, but even with him, maybe Zach is a little better. Still don’t think we would be talking about him as a star right now. Most of the time,  it’s the player, more than the coaches. Slow news day, I guess.

 

The generalization only makes sense if it's true that a defensive coach doesn't know how to build a coaching staff that can coach up a rookie QB. Saleh didn't put together a good offensive staff which maybe reflects his individual problem with how he landed on LaFleur as an OC. Both Brady and Peyton Manning were drafted to play under head coaches who came from the defensive side and they were ok. I'm sure there are a lot of others that disprove the generalization.

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1 minute ago, rex-n-effect said:

The generalization only makes sense if it's true that a defensive coach doesn't know how to build a coaching staff that can coach up a rookie QB. Saleh didn't put together a good offensive staff which maybe reflects his individual problem with how he landed on LaFleur as an OC. Both Brady and Peyton Manning were drafted to play under head coaches who came from the defensive side and they were ok. I'm sure there are a lot of others that disprove the generalization.

Garrett Wilson won OROY and Breece looks pretty good. Coaches don’t make the player. 

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3 hours ago, kevinc855 said:

There were threads of us complaining in spring 2021 about lafluer a rookie qb and no veteran. It turned out exactly as we feared. 

In Spring 2021 Knapp was still alive and was on track to coach Wilson.  There was no need for a veteran QB if Wilson had an established and renowned QB coach in Knapp.  People completely underestimate and/or forget what a blow it was for Knapp to die days before the start of training camp in 2021.  Knapp was a QB whisperer.  If you think some vet like Flacco was going to "coach" Wilson, you are mistaken.  Most vets come to teams to play, not "coach" or "mentor."  There is so much BS on this board about vet QB "mentors."

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21 minutes ago, Rangers9 said:

I agree Jets CS and org poor job with Zach but you expect a good player able to overcome bad coaching. 

Do you though? Because Trevor Lawrence looked like a completely different player under Doug Peterson than he did under Urban Meyer, where he was playing like a steaming POS. Name one HOF QB that played well as a rookie or second year player under bad coaching.  For young QBs, coaching matters.
 

Oh well, water under the bridge.

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