Helping a young QB isn’t just about receivers and linemen Dan Leberfeld

What Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas said last week made perfect sense in regards to helping QB Zach Wilson this off-season.

The Jets need to fix their defense so they don’t give up so many points.

“We got a little bit better towards the end of the year, but there was a minute there where we were giving up 40 points a game,” Saleh said. “If you’re having to play a shootout, that’s a lot of pressure on a quarterback. I don’t care which quarterback you are.”

“Obviously, one avenue to help the quarterback is playmakers,” Douglas said. “It’s the weapons, it’s the wide receivers, it’s the tight ends, it’s the backs. There’s also the other ways to help it which is a good solid defense to get him the ball back as often as we can.”

So all the people beating the drum to pick weapons and offensive linemen to boost up Wilson, probably need to take more of a 30,000 view. The Jets desperately need to fix their 32nd ranked defense more than anything else. Of course they need to stick to their value board and pick good players regardless of the position, but the tie goes to the defense this year.

Because, while the QB develops and works on improving his mechanics, footwork and field vision, it’s best to keep the score down.

Then again, it’s good for most quarterbacks, youngster or veteran, to play good defense and keep the score down.

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