The Jets by no means trotted out a quarterback who may go toe-to-toe for any size of time with Tom Brady.
Chad Pennington was a worthy foe, however he didn’t have the arm or the well being or the supporting forged to present us a full-blown rivalry. Mark Sanchez scored a memorable playoff upset of Brady in Foxborough, however it was fleeting. Sam Darnold noticed too many ghosts in entrance of him one night time to even know Brady was the opposing quarterback.
However now … now we get Zach versus Mac, and hopefully – for each their sakes – for the subsequent decade.
On this nook: from BYU … sporting the inexperienced and white trunks … weighing 209 kilos … Zach Willlll-son.
And on this nook, from Alabama … sporting the blue, pink, silver and white trunks … weighing 217 kilos … Mac Joooooones.”
Invoice Belichick’s launch of Cam Newton Tuesday means there’s a new Boy Marvel in New England, who was 3 years outdated when Brady received the primary of his six Tremendous Bowls with Belichick.
Ominously for Wilson and rookie Jets HC Robert Saleh, Belichick in impact prepped the battlefield for Jones when he doled out $159.6M in ensures over the primary 9 days of free company.
The Jets are gaga over their precocious rookie quarterback, who shouldn’t be burdened or consumed by any stress to win throughout his honeymoon interval on a rebuilding crew – nonetheless lengthy it lasts.
However on the very least in some unspecified time in the future, and doubtless some level quickly as soon as the common season begins, he can be measured in opposition to the opposite members of the 2021 quarterback class who didn’t get the prospect to play for the Jets as a result of GM Joe Douglas craved Wilson with the second general choose.
Trey Lance (49ers) went third.
Justin Fields (Bears) went eleventh.
Mac Jones went fifteenth.
To the New England Bleeping Patriots.
One awful 12 months out of the playoffs, whereas Brady ended up hoisting his seventh Lombardi Trophy alongside Bruce Arians and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa, compelled Belichick to go ALL GAS NO BRAKES throughout his scorched earth reload.
It has by no means been a very good time for a younger Jets quarterback to play chess in opposition to Belichick. One large benefit Brady had by the years over Peyton Manning was this – he by no means needed to play in opposition to a Belichick protection.
Jones can have an skilled offensive coordinator by his facet in Josh McDaniels. Wilson can have a rookie offensive coordinator by his facet in Mike LaFleur.
The Jets are additionally gaga over Robert Saleh, however Belichick has received 280 regular-season video games and 31 within the playoffs as a head coach. Saleh is 0-0.
It will likely be incumbent upon Wilson to dam out the noise, particularly throughout the two Patriots Weeks previous to the Sept. 19 and Oct. 24 video games, on condition that they’ll mark his introduction to the New York-Boston rivalry.
The focus will shine on him in Week 1 with Sam Darnold greeting him in Carolina, and once more on Dec. 26 in opposition to Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence, the apple of Jets followers eyes final season and the primary general choose of the 2021 NFL draft.
However the scars from the Brady Period stay for the Jets and their followers. Their worst nightmare is the prospect of a second coming of Brady, and the beginning of a brand new dynasty that might encourage Belichick to carry off on retirement and coach into his 70s.
Brady was a recreation supervisor when he changed Drew Bledsoe in his second season in 2001. Belichick undoubtedly believes that Jones, who was schooled by Nick Saban and threw for 464 yards and 5 TDs within the nationwide championship recreation in opposition to Ohio State, is not going to discover the sport or second too large for him.
There have been skeptics who have been flabbergasted over studies that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is perhaps concerned about drafting Jones as a result of of their opinion, he lacked the particular athleticism to be thought of because the third general choose. However he has displayed sufficient accuracy, poise, command, management and intangibles for Belichick to belief him sufficient at hand him the keys to Robert Kraft’s kingdom.
Douglas and Saleh have been seduced by Wilson’s appreciable arm expertise in addition to his intangibles. Jamison Crowder has known as him a baller. Mekhi Becton has known as him an issue – for opposing coaches and defenses.
Zach versus Mac can be enjoyable to look at because it unfolds. Jets followers aren’t anticipating Zach Wilson to win the franchise’s first Tremendous Bowl championship in 53 years as a rookie. However they are going to be anticipating Zach Wilson to be higher than Mac Jones. And the earlier the higher.