During the second half of the Jets’ Week 11 loss to the Buffalo Bills, head coach Robert Saleh made a quarterback change. Tim Boyle took over for Zach Wilson.
It appears that was more than a temporary change. Boyle is set to start at quarterback for the Jets on Friday against the Dolphins.
This is the second straight year the Jets have benched Wilson heading into their Thanksgiving weekend game. Mike White delivered a big performance in a win over the Chicago Bears a year ago.
I’m not sure changing to Boyle is going to fix anything on the Jets offense. The unit is fundamentally broken from top to bottom. It will also be a challenge making a change on a short week. The Jets play Miami in the first ever Black Friday game in just four days.
Still I think the Jets had to make this change. Some sort of shakeup was needed on offense, and there is no bigger shakeup than changing the quarterback. Wilson certainly has done enough to merit another benching.
It will be tough for Boyle to overcome the limits on this offense, but perhaps he can offer some sort of White-esque short term spark.
If nothing else, it seems like the coaching staff prefers Boyle to Trevor Siemian. At the time he was signed, many assumed Siemian would rise to the number two role. However, he has remained on the practice squad while Boyle has backed up Wilson. Siemian has more starting experience, but the Jets coaching staff seems to believe more in Boyle.