Zach Wilson, Mike LaFleur discuss slow starts in games, break down QB's performance against Texans

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  • New York Jets
    New York Jets
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  • Zach Wilson
    Zach Wilson
    American football quarterback
  • Mike LaFleur
    American football coach
Zach Wilson running white jersey vs Texans
Zach Wilson running white jersey vs Texans

Having not played for a month, Zach Wilson was bound to make some questionable decisions.

One of those included a shovel pass that hit off Ty Johnson's back and was subsequently intercepted.

But he also made the plays when he had to, as he rushed for the game-winning touchdown, and his performance was good enough for the Jets to get their third win of the season.

"[He looked] like a 22-year-old who hasn’t played in a month," Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur told reporters on Thursday. "Just him getting back was gonna be just huge in terms of obviously his development."

He started off 1-for-6 with that interception (his first pass of the game was caught).

"I felt like there were just plays that I could have made, should have made, regardless of just making the tough throw," Wilson said to reporters on Thursday.

But he then completed 13 of his final 19 passes.

"Went out there as an offense, didn’t start the way that we wanted to, obviously, but what I loved was he settled down, he settled in, our offense settled in, and he made better decisions to put our offense in the best chance to win a football game, and that’s what we did," said LaFleur.

Slow starts have been an issue for the Jets all season long. They score 5.9 first-half points per game, which ranks dead last in the NFL.

"I think it’s just getting comfortable and settled in," Wilson said. "There’s not one thing to point at or I don’t even really think it needs to be necessarily, like, a huge point of emphasis, because I think the more you put on it, I guess the harder it becomes.

"You just gotta go out and play ball, and I think that’s my mindset is I just gotta come out ripping it from the beginning and just playing fast and getting into a rhythm from the beginning. I don’t think there’s any secret to it – you just gotta go out and do it."

But Wilson also missed four games, so this isn't just a Wilson thing. LaFleur took blame for the sluggish starts.

"I gotta figure out a better way to put all 11 guys in a position to get going faster. ... I don’t think there’s any one answer right now. If we did have an answer in terms of getting going faster right away, we’d do it. We’re continuing searching for it. It’s just getting him comfortable," LaFleur said.

Wilson and the Jets will look to win their second in a row against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sunday.