THE First Take studio has been left bitterly divided after the Buffalo Bills dismantled the New York Jets.
Smith’s response was emphatic: “Hell no.”
The 56-year-old went on to ask: “How are we going to possibly say that because they beat Zach Wilson and the Jets last night?”
Smith later noted how in “the previous seven weeks, the Buffalo Bills hadn’t scored 25 points,” while also calling out New York’s “God awful” offensive coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett.
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And as for Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, Smith added: “They can’t ship him out of town fast enough.”
He later said: “I don’t wanna hear anything about the Buffalo Bills. As far as I’m concerned they had a bye week yesterday.
“And when they handle their business in games of that magnitude, we can bloviate about the Buffalo Bills.”
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The focus then turned to Sharpe, who sided with Smith throughout.
He directed was response toward Orlovsky, whom he claimed had made Wilson “out to be a legitimate quarterback.”
Sharpe asked: “What happens when [New York’s] defense doesn’t get four turnovers?
“What happens when they don’t get scoop and scores or pick-sixes? What happens when they don’t block a punt and punt Zach Wilson on a short field?
“Because I’ve been trying to tell you and I’ll say it again, you never accept anything in a win you wouldn’t in a loss. And because they was winning, y’all accepted that sorry pathetic play of Zach Wilson.”
And while Orlovsky clearly wasn’t impressed with Wilson’s performance, he replied: “Shannon, if you took Michael Vick and put him on that offense, that offense is still gonna stink with the Jets.”
Orlovsky also clarified his prior stance on Wilson, commenting: “I said they can win with him because the defense was so great.
“We talk about the Jets like ‘Well, if they play Tim Boyle they’re gonna be better.’ No they’re not.”
And as for the Bills, and specifically their quarterback Josh Allen’s performance, Orlovsky took issue with Smith and Sharpe’s decision to “brush over” them, adding: “They were dominant in this game.”
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Whether or not the Bills are indeed “back” is clearly up for debate, with the Eagles coming up on November 26.
As for the Jets, it was announced on Monday by head coach Robert Saleh that Boyle is set to start on November 24 against the Miami Dolphins with Trevor Siemian backing him up, leaving Wilson as the third choice.