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New York Jets get it right by drafting Christian Hackenberg

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Nov 28, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) attempts to pass the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2nd half game of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) attempts to pass the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2nd half game of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets historically have never developed quarterbacks the right way. With their latest drafted quarterback in Christian Hackenberg, they continue to get things right in the grand scheme of things.

It’s not easy to find your next franchise quarterback, especially if you’re the Jets. Easily the most important position on any team, if you want to be a contender, you must have a true franchise quarterback under center with the right supporting cast around him. It’s the only way to ever get a shot at not only making the NFL Playoffs but also going to the distance to a Super Bowl appearance.

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In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Jets drafted quarterback Bryce Petty. In this year’s draft, they drafted another quarterback in Hackenberg. Right off the bat, the Jets are getting it right by not only drafting another top prospect for the position but for once in their history, actually developing them the right way.

Petty got to sit out his first year in the NFL to learn as much as he could from the sidelines. It undoubtedly helped him grasp an NFL playbook while also looking at the solid play from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The same will more than likely happen with Hackenberg as he will follow suit and if all plays out that a veteran quarterback will actually start for the Jets in 2016 to continue all the development of the young quarterbacks.

The best scenario for the Jets until they find their true franchise quarterback that is consistent and puts them in a great position to win plenty of football games is to keep drafting them. There is a pretty good chance that maybe… just maybe, either Hackenberg or Petty could be the franchise quarterback of the future.

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Heck, even quarterback Geno Smith, if he starts this upcoming season, could prove once and for all he’s worthy of leading this team to victory for many years to come.

Considering Smith never had a quality supporting cast around him, perhaps he could thrive on an offense ready to once again light up the scoreboard in 2016.

Either way, the Jets are just about there to finally have a definitive answer at quarterback in about another year.

Come 2017, headlines all over the football world will showcase a competition between two up-and-coming quarterbacks battling it out for a starting spot between Petty and Hackenberg.

Who knows, if Smith starts and plays very well this upcoming season, maybe he’ll be brought back by the Jets to continue to make a name for himself in a much more positive spotlight. If he doesn’t, well, at least the Jets have two gunslingers ready to prove their worth in a little over a year from now.

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Overall, as much as many might have disliked the Jets drafting Hackenberg, for the benefit of the franchise, it needed to happen. At the rate the Jets are going, it won’t be long until they find that impact player that can consistently hold the starting quarterback position for a decade or so. It hasn’t happened yet but something says with this leadership regime in place this time around, it won’t be long before he finally arrives.

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