The New York Jets suffered through yet another embarrassing offensive performance in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills. The 32-6 loss was their third consecutive, dropping their record to 4-6 on the season.
The touchdown scored by Breece Hall on a pass from Zach Wilson was their first on offense since Week 8 against the New York Giants when Hall took a screen pass for 50 yards to the house. While this stretch was brutal, offensive production has been hard to come by the entire season.
That wasn’t enough to keep Wilson from getting benched, as he was removed from the lineup after halftime. Tim Boyle replaced Wilson in the second half, and it was more of the same. Boyle completed only 7-of-14 passes for 33 yards and one interception.
Despite his struggles, the Jets saw enough to make a change for Week 12. It will be Boyle under center as the starter when New York faces off against the Miami Dolphins in the first ever Black Friday game the day after Thanksgiving. Adam Schefter of ESPN provided the update.
This is a move that has been a long time coming. Wilson has underperformed regularly as the team’s starter, yet they stubbornly opted to stick with him. Fans are likely happy to finally see a change made, but going to Boyle likely doesn’t instill much more confidence.
Boyle has made 18 appearances, including three starts, in his NFL career. He has gone 0-3 as a starter, completing 73-of-120 passes overall for 607 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
A real argument can be made that the Jets are actually downgrading at quarterback. In college, Boyle threw more interceptions, 26, than touchdowns with only 12 between Connecticut and Eastern Kentucky. Turning the ball over more than he produces scores is a troubling trend that likely isn’t changing any time soon.
It isn’t hard to connect the dots as to why Boyle is on the Jets roster. He is someone offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett worked with during his time with the Green Bay Packers, where he also backed up Aaron Rodgers. Without that connection, someone else would have likely been the backup quarterback this season.