The Irony of the New York Jets Quarterback Situation

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

We remember how the Jets went about acquiring this guy, trading three players and two draft picks to the Browns in order to move up and take Sanchez with the 5th overall pick. For this piece, we are going to look at player profiles from  Keeping in mind the blockbuster trade to move up and get Mark, I want you to take a look at his profile from 2009.  Here are some notable quotes:

Undeniable tools, but isn’t yet a finished product.

Runs a bit hot and cold and has a tendency to score touchdowns in bunches.

(We are used to this one I think.)

Compares To: TRENT EDWARDS, Buffalo

He has his good points in that profile, but is that the profile of a lock? Is that the profile of a guy that the scouts are sure is going to be a top flight quarterback? For Pete’s sake, they compared him to Trent Edwards. But yet, the Jets mortgaged quite a bit to take him, and we don’t need to talk about the results of that move to date.

Now, take a look at the profiles of prominent quarterbacks that have been associated with the Jets of late. First take a look at Barkley’s profile:

Here are some of the interesting quotes:

Usually accurate when he is able to set his base and stride into his throws.

Confident enough in his pre-snap read that he’ll stare down his initial target.


Inconsistent making throws against pressure……Sails passes over his receivers’ heads when feeling pressure or in the three-step game.

Now let’s look at the profile of Geno Smith:

Here are some of the interesting noted quotes on Geno:

Has improved his accuracy greatly during his career, placing the ball very well at every level of the field.

Ball will float or sail if his feet are not set or he fails to transfer weight, either in the pocket when facing pressure or when throwing on the run.

Seemingly regressed each week, especially when locking on to one side of the field.

The point of the story is this, neither of these guys have stellar scouting reports. There is no way to read these profiles and think that either one of these guys is a lock. The Jets have gone out of their way to draft a quarterback with mixed reviews, Mark Sanchez. After the way that Mark has performed so far, the Jets are not going to go out of their way to take ANOTHER quarterback that isn’t a lock.

See? They are thinking about a quarterback because of Mark Sanchez, but won’t take one early because of Mark Sanchez. And THAT is the unfortunate irony of the Jets quarterback situation.

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  • blastingzone

    Wait till next year because as you know the jets will be lucky to win 6 games again
    and they will be able to pick a real QB or at least try to trade up for one! The jets
    might even have another #1 pick next year after they trade Revis? The QB’s in
    this years draft are very Iffy and not worth a first round pick but if Barkley or another QB falls to the 2nd round he might be worth a shot!!

    • Kenneth Hayes

      Let me borrow that crystal ball I need lottery numbers.

    • TheJetPress

      I would be OK with one in the middle rounds, just not high. I don’t really like Barkley but I would consider some of the others.

  • Kenneth Hayes

    I bet they will take a QB…. I hope not @9 but one will be taken.

    • TheJetPress

      I agree Ken…I think they will pick one in the middle rounds….I just don’t think they will make a pick of one high, and that is where I was going.

      Thanks for checking in.

  • __fense

    It isn’t the same situation. Rookie QBs aren’t nearly the investment under the new CBA as they were when Sanchez was drafted, and we wouldn’t be trade up to get someone at #9. Instead of going out of our way to get a high risk, it would be staying on course to get a low risk. It isn’t out of the question to draft a guy high now, and then get another QB in the next draft, with how important getting a good QB is. You get a good one, and it doesn’t matter how terrible all of your drafts are for the rest of your career. Just ask the patriots.

    • TheJetPress

      True, in that respect it isn’t the same. A trade wouldn’t be necessary to make the pick. But to me it is the same in that they would be taking a shot on a QB that is not a lock to be a franchise quarterback.

      You are definitely right about the Pats analogy though, can’t say no. one good qb choice and you are set for life as a GM.

      Thanks for checking in.

  • matr dontelli iii

    i think the need at olb as well as the quality players likely available at 9 dictate taking an olb. i will trust idzik until proven wrong, however. he was, after all, part of the front office that drafted wilson last year. as for the patriots, i tend to believe what i read in ‘spygate’. most nfl qbs would do well with that kind of help.

    • TheJetPress

      funny you mention spygate…I read that too and believe it, maybe because I am prejudiced against that team….In Idzik we trust..I agree with you.

      • matr dontelli iii

        that book should be required reading for all jets fans. or at least a prerequisite to bashing Sanchez. There’s just too many extreme unlikelinesses (if that’s a word) for it not to be true. And wanna bet Brady and hoodie retire together? Along with Ernie Adams.