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Robert Saleh refuses to signal Zach Wilson and his struggles.

Yes, the Jets ’22-year-old rock defender lost 27-20 a week after his first defeat to the Falcons in London on Sunday.

But on Monday, Jets boss Saleh expressed confidence that a better time would come from Wilson.

“He will recover,” Salih said. “He has a great talent for the hand. He’s going [about] things are on the right track. I know sometimes it can be frustrating when we look at things like “God, he has to give these blows”. But he starts clicking.

“It’s not easy to be a strong defender. It’s never been and never will be.”

Saleh then used Bills fourth-quarter defender Josh Allen as an example of the pain Wilson was experiencing.

“I’m going to throw a guy in there – Josh Allen, who threw him first [couple of] years, ”Salih said. “His first five games of the new year are like what our young boy is going through.”

Allen completed 65 (50.7 percent) of 128 assists in his first five NFL games (he was relieved in Week 1 of 2018) with two assists for 668 yards and five interceptions, and the scores were 2-3 in those games. . .

Robert Saleh and Zach Wilson

In the first five games, Wilson completed 98 171 passes (57.3 percent) with four TDs and NFL-nine holdings for 1,117 yards, and the Jets 1-4.

Some of Wilson’s statistics are confusing, as much of it later appeared in games where the Jets were left behind.

“You will find better ways by combining good with good, bad with bad,” Saleh said. “And he does.”

One of the most surprising elements of Wilson’s struggle was his slow start. The difference between the numbers in his first half and his second half is astonishing.

Wilson is 30 out of 63 (47.6 percent) for 292 yards without a TD, six INTs and 21.5 passenger ratings in the first half of this season. He is 64th in 101 (63.4 percent), four TDs for 768 yards, three INTs and 87.4 in the second half. In extra time of last week’s win over the Titans, he was 4 out of 7 for 57 yards and 83.6 points.

What gives?

Saleh said Wilson should have calmed his nerves at the start of the game because the evidence in five games shows that he looked like a very different, well-rounded player in the second half of the game.

“His calmness … can slow his heart rate and make him believe in your preparation, it can just tear the ball apart,” Saleh said. “I can get you through his process: the first quarter happens, the second quarter the attack starts to move the ball and it’s a little more comfortable, then the half is over. We go out in the third quarter and the attack moves the ball very well. then in the fourth quarter it looks like a completely different team.

Wilson looked like a whole other quarterback after the break.

“It’s a very young football team and they’re improving everything, including the coaching staff,” Saleh said. “That’s what we need to keep improving – believe in your readiness and tear it up when game day comes.”

Saleh has denied allegations that Wilson was defeated in Atlanta while many of his good stats were trashed. Wilson covered 65 yards, had 9 minutes 30 seconds left in the game, and finished with 192.

“You can make the last ball look like trash, but owning three balls in this league is nothing,” Saleh said. “It was 20-3, we get out of the locker room [after halftime] and 20-9, we stop in double defense, the attack lowers the field and 20-17.

“These are real performances. All of these games are important. I don’t think Zach took a step back. He played another game as a new player. There are things he can learn, but you’ve seen. and what he continues to see is that when he feels comfortable in the game, he shows all his talent. He did it all season.

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