Analyzing The Jets Quarterback Situation

The entire 2017 offseason was filled with expectations of the Jets tanking for the upcoming season. The Jets got rid of former pro-bowler, Sheldon Richardson, WRs Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall and said goodbye to long-time Jet, Darrell Revis.

Many felt that this could be one of the worst seasons in franchise history, possibly being worse than the 1996 Jets. That team only won one game.

With the Jets supposedly being the worst team in the NFL, the question was “Who will the Jets draft with the top pick in the 2018 NFL draft?” But now the Jets sit at 4-5, heading into a week 10 matchup with Buccaneers.

The Jets have not been as bad as we thought they would be. With above-average quarterback play and a surprisingly good wide-reciever core, the Jets have stunned many people.

Fans have started to buy in. They don’t have the same mindset that they did at the beginning of the year. The casual fan was thinking about Quarterbacks like Sam Rosen from UCLA, Sam Darnold from USC, or Josh Allen from Wyoming.

With the Jets getting good play out of Josh McCown, a top pick is unlikely–unless the Jets trade up in the draft.

We’ve already seen teams not wait until the draft to find a quarterback. We saw the winless 49ers trade a 2nd round pick for Jimmy Garappolo and we also saw the Browns try to trade a 2nd and 3rd round pick for Bengals quarterback, A.J. McCarron.

That trade was derailed after the Browns reportedly didn’t file the correct papers in time.

It’s obvious teams like the Bengals and Browns are uncertain about the quarterbacks in the draft. But we shouldn’t listen to the Browns.

So given the Jets don’t trade up to get a top pick, let’s look at the possible QB options for the Jets:

Kirk Cousins

The Redskins have not truly believed in Kirk Cousins ever since they drafted him in the 4th round of the 2012 draft. Cousins is going to be very unhappy after getting yet another franchise tag which will most likely happen after the 2017 season.

The two sides have not been able to negotiate a contract extension which has prompted the Redskins to evaluate the trade options for Cousins.

Cousins would be a great option for the Jets to build around. He is a better passer than McCown and he has proven that he can be solid NFL quarterback.

Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater has been recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in the 2016 preseason but he has a lot of talent. In his brief career, Bridgewater has a record of 17-11 record and 28 TDs with 21 INTs.

With Bridgewater set to come back sometime this week, the Vikings have a decision to make. They need to choose between Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is only 24 and would be perfect for the Jets offense.

The only thing that has kept Bridgewater from stardom has been injuries. With the Vikings sitting at 6-2 and Bridgewater coming back, the Vikings could be trying to trade the young quarterback.

Alex Smith

Smith has been having a terrific year offensively. He’s thrown an astounding 18 TDs to only 1 INT. He reminds me of a better Josh McCown. Smith will not force the fall and will not turn the ball over. Smith is 33 years old but has gotten better with age.

He will still have 4-5 years of good football left in him. With his contract expiring at the end of this year and a young 1st round pick, Patrick Mahomes right behind him, Smith going to the Jets isn’t too far-fetched.

What makes Smith so appealing is that the Jets will not have to give up any draft picks to get his services. Expect the Jets to be serious contenders for landing Smith in the 2018 free agency.

Mike Glennon

After getting benched after week 4 for Mitch Trubisky, the Bears are actively looking to trade Glennon. Glennon has thrown 34 TDs over his 4 year career and has only thrown 20 INTs. His playing time has been spotty, but when he’s in, he plays very solid football.

A lot of his play has to do with the talent around him. The Bears do not have much talent on the outside and Glennon struggled because of that. Just look at Trubisky who has only thrown 2 TDs in 4 weeks since being the starter.

Glennon would finally be given a chance to be the starter over a long period of time with the Jets. He would have WRs like Kearse and Anderson who have had good seasons with Josh McCown at the helm. Glennon would seem like a perfect fit in an organization that just needs stability at the position.