Aaron Rodgers harshly dismisses talks of Zach Wilson ‘quitting’ on the Jets, calls it blatant ‘character assassination’

Aaron Rodgers talked about the Zach Wilson situation during his weekly appearance in The Pat McAfee Show.


Aaron Rodgers harshly dismisses talks of Zach Wilson ‘quitting’ on the Jets, calls it blatant ‘character assassination’

(L) Aaron Rodgers; (R) Zach Wilson (Credits: Imago)

It’s chaos in New York! Robert Saleh, the head coach of the New York Jets, is having a tough time figuring out his starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Amidst this, rumors about Zach Wilson being reluctant to accept the starting QB role started going viral. And now, the injured Jets QB Aaron Rodgers is not happy about the leaks coming out of the building.

During his weekly appearance on ESPN’s The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers talked about the rumors about Wilson showing unwillingness to accept the starting QB role after being benched.

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I think it's chicken s--- at its core, and I think it has no place at a winning organization. [The report is] basically saying that this kid is quitting on the team and doesn't want to play and has given the middle finger to the organization.
Rodgers on The Pat McAfee Show

The rumors started to gain stream minutes after it was reported by The Athletic’s Dianna Russini, who claimed that Wilson is reluctant to start for the Jets again due to the risk of injuries.

While Rodgers never dismissed the rumors, Rodgers just called out the leaks that are coming outside of the Jets building. Rodgers questioned why a person affiliated with the team would want to “assassinate someone’s character like that report does for Zach.”

Many believe Tim Boylewho replaced Wilson as the starting QB — was the person behind the leaks. But that is just purely fans’ speculations and has no base for it whatsoever. However, the Jets waiving Boyle just a day after Russinni’s report led fans to blame the 29-year-old quarterback on social media.

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Aaron Rodgers understands Zach Wilson’s frustrations

Not only Aaron Rodgers did not deny the rumors about Zach Wilson being reluctant about playing for the Jets again, but the 40-year-old also said that Wilson has every right to be frustrated about the situation.

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Aaron Rodgers and Zach Wilson (Image via Getty Images)
I'll tell you that I love the kid and I've spent a lot of time with him, and I think he's an amazing young man. ... He's gone through a lot of s--- in the last three years, and he's got every right to be frustrated and disappointed about it. I think he's done a good job of standing up and taking accountability this year when it's been his part to do it.

Nonetheless, unlike Aaron Rodgers, the Jets head coach Robert Saleh denied the rumors on Monday. Saleh claimed that Wilson absolutely wants to get back on the field again. However, he refused to name a starter for the Jets’ week 14 game against the Houston Texans.

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