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Bill Belichick Is Trending After The Jets Benched Zach Wilson

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

The news of the day in the NFL is that the New York Jets are benching quarterback Zach Wilson, the former No. 2 overall draft pick, for their matchup with the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Wilson has struggled since entering the league last year, completing 55.6 percent of his passes and throwing 16 interceptions versus 13 touchdowns.

But people around the NFL are attributing his demise to one specific coach.

Wilson's benching comes as a result of his performance against Bill Belichick's New England Patriots. Wilson completed nine of 22 passes for 77 yards during a 10-3 loss. The Jets' offense mustered just 103 total yards.

It wasn't the first time in recent weeks Wilson has struggled mightily against Belichick's defense, either. In Week Eight, Wilson threw three interceptions during another loss to the Patriots.

In fact, the Patriots are the only team to beat Wilson during his seven games as a starter this season. He's 5-0 against everyone else in the NFL.

But his performance Sunday — and lack of accountability afterward — were so poor that the Jets are turning to either Joe Flacco or Mike White behind center.

"Zach Wilson has officially been benched by the New York Jets after averaging 2.77 inches per play in the second half against the Patriots," one fan tweeted. "Bill Belichick claims another young soul."

Belichick, whose six Super Bowl wins are the most of any coach in NFL history, has managed to make a lot of good quarterbacks look bad through the years.

But several NFL personalities have pointed out that he's been particularly hard on Jets signal-callers. This is far from the first time a promising young Jets quarterback has played particularly poorly against the Patriots.

Mark Sanchez's infamous "butt fumble" came against the Patriots in 2012. Sanchez struggled to finish the season and the Jets drafted Geno Smith the following spring. Sam Darnold said he was "seeing ghosts" during a Monday Night Football loss to the Patriots in 2019. And now Wilson's two poor performances have cost him his job.

"An underrated part of Bill Belichick's legacy has been systematically ending the careers of so many Jets 1st round QBs," Lindsay Jones of The Ringer tweeted. "The Butt Fumble was the beginning of the end for Sanchez. He made Sam Darnold see ghosts. And now, Zach Wilson."

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday that Wilson's benching is not "putting a nail in his coffin." But it sure feels like it.

If the Jets do indeed decide to move on from Wilson, maybe they should just wait until Belichick retires to draft their next quarterback in the first round.