Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) drops back to pass during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Look at the dumb luck that we have at times, as Jets fans.
Imagine what it might have been like to have the guy to the right on our team. Could you imagine, having RGIII under center? What about Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson? Think about how different the 2012 season would have turned out, if one of these guys were at quarterback. If only it were 2012 Jets fans…
Think about it. We knew that going into the 2012 season, we were not in an optimal situation at the quarterback position. You could be a Mark Sanchez fan like I am, or not, like most other fans. Either way, the thought even going into 2012 was that the Jets did not have a franchise quarterback on their team. But in 2012 the Jets weren’t in the trade market with any legit pieces. Antonio Cromartie had been inconsistent, he trade value was not nearly the level that it is now. After an 8-8 season, the Jets felt they were still close to getting over the top, so they weren’t even thinking about putting Darrelle Revis on the trading market, and without those two, the Jets really had no valuable commodities to use to move up that far in the draft. So, no franchise quarterback for the Jets last year.
Fast forward to today, and the Jets are coming off of a 6-10 season. The Jets have the 9th pick in the draft, and are in DIRE need of a franchise quarterback. Yes, we have a new quarterbacks coach (David Lee), and a new offensive coordinator (Marty Mornhinweg), but the quarterbacks on the roster are clearly on notice. This franchise hasn’t had one in God knows how long, and they need a franchise quarterback. And, they have not one, but two tradable pieces to move up to a position to choose one. Antonio Cromartie, coming off of his best year, has never had higher trade value. He more than stepped in for Darrelle Revis as we have talked about many times before. And then of course, you have Darrelle Revis, who might be the greatest player at his position in the history of the sport.
The point is, the Jets have very movable parts in terms of a trade. For the right package, they could move up into prime position to pick a franchise quarterback. The problem? There isn’t one. They say this is one of the weaker classes in a long time, especially when talking about the quarterback position. Geno Smith is slated to go number one, but the Chiefs have a worse QB situation than we have, so they aren’t moving. Not too many are sold on the value of Matt Barkley, based on the success of USC quarterbacks, which the Jets know all about also. This isn’t the class of 1983, that’s for sure. It’s not even last year. So, the Jets, ready, and in a position to take a franchise quarterback, can’t do it, because none are available. That’s the dumb luck that we have, Jets fans.
If only it were 2012, Jets fans. Oh what could have been………