Former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn doesn’t hitch his wagon to Zach Wilson’s love train.
The Notre Dame alumnus, who played seven seasons in the league before switching to broadcasting, this week blasted the Jets’ sophomore signal caller, lamenting that he “hasn’t seen a quarterback get more love for doing less.”
“Can we once again acknowledge that the media is just constantly trying to make something out of it? They really want this to happen, and it’s honestly hard to listen to,” Quinn said on Monday’s episode of Fox Sports Radio’s “Two Pros and a Cup of Joe.”
“I haven’t seen a quarterback get more love for doing less from the media in a long time than Zach Wilson.”
Wilson, the second overall roster in the 2021 NFL Draft, had a “terrible” outing — according to Quinn — in Friday’s preseason opener against the Eagles before going down with an injury. Prior to his departure, the former BYU product completed 23.3 3-of-5 attempts with an interception.
37-year-old Quinn’s own NFL career was also widely ridiculed by the media. The acclaimed Heisman nominee was a first-round pick of the Browns in 2007. He finished his career with 3,043 yards passing, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Wilson threw 2,334 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his rookie season.
Noting his concern about Wilson’s size, Quinn compared his interception from last week’s 24-21 win over Philadelphia to a new quarterback taking the field for the first time.
“The interception he threw in that game looked like day one. Game one, year one, he stared at a target, and was it? [Eagles linebacker] Kyzir White finally took it off, and I’m going, that’s as easy as it gets,” Quinn said.
Although Quinn Wilson wished a speedy recovery after his successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday, he suggested the Jets “would be better” with a certain Bay Area quarterback.
“They’d be better with Jimmy G. [Garoppolo] quarterback, but they’re not going to take that step because they’ve invested so much in Zach Wilson so far,” he said.
While Wilson’s exact return timeline is unclear, he is expected to miss two to four weeks, with veteran quarterback Joe Flacco likely to take the reins in Week 1 against the Ravens.
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