Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has ‘some personal guilt’ over benching Zach Wilson

Inefficiency has been the hallmark of New York’s offense with Wilson at the helm. While their defense ranks 11th in scoring and yards allowed, the Jets sit 30th offensively in those two categories through 11 weeks.

The overall operation could be better, but Wilson bears much of the brunt of the unit’s flaws. He is tied for last of the 34 eligible QBs in completion percentage (59.2). He is 32nd with a QBR of 31.0.

The third-year pro, former No. 2 overall pick, totaled 1,944 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions this season, with his worst performance of the year – a stinker that included just 81 passing yards – which earned him his bench on Sunday against the Bills.

Wilson is now expected to be inactive on Friday. Trevor Siemian will serve as Boyle’s backup.

Despite all that, Rodgers remains convinced his protégé can still make a mark in the league, and he feels responsible for some of Wilson’s downfall this year.

“It obviously wasn’t the way any of us thought it was going to go,” Rodgers said. “It was going to be me and my show, and Zach learning and watching it firsthand, and not having the pressure to go out there and perform. So obviously it’s disappointing. I have some guilt I’m upset that I didn’t get to play and frustrated because, you know, if I was there, I feel like I would play well and there would be different narratives around our team.

“So I’m disappointed and sad about it, but it is what it is. We’re all going to support Tim and move forward, but we’re also going to put our arms around Zach and love him because he’s a great kid, and it’s not all his fault. That’s how it goes sometimes.

Given the tumult of the Jets’ season — two three-game losing streaks culminating in a 4-6 record and Wilson heading to the bench in favor of Boyle — Rodgers’ comeback push might seem pointless.

Of course he doesn’t see it that way.

He confirmed that he would love to train between now and his birthday, which falls on December 2. In the meantime, he thinks the Jets still have everything to play for.

“We’re going to attack as hard as we can,” Rodgers said. “There have been 4 to 6 teams that have made runs over the years. … The season is definitely not over. I’m doing well. There’s still a lot to play for. I’m excited about where I’m at in rehabilitation. Things are progressing as quickly as I thought.”

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