The New York Jets need to stop this vicious cycle at quarterback and for once, stick with a young gunslinger. One they can build around and develop over the years to be their franchise quarterback.
It’s no secret that the New York Jets haven’t had a franchise quarterback in place since the days Joe Namath was guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory. For decades now, dumb decisions and the inability to simply develop a young quarterback the right way have been some of the reasons why they haven’t found consistent success.
It’s not easy playing in the big apple but the Jets need to finally do what is in the best interest for long-term results at quarterback. They need to stop pursuing washed up, overpriced veteran quarterbacks and stick with what they have. At this point in time, it looks like Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg will be holding down the fort next season.
The Jets should spend the offseason building up their offensive line, defensive secondary, and also consider a very inexpensive veteran quarterback as insurance. Petty should be able to earn the starting position with Hackenberg as his backup and said veteran quarterback as the No. 3 option on the depth chart in case something happens.
At the start of this season, everyone thought it was a bit weird for the Jets to have four active quarterbacks on their roster but considering what went down, they were wise to keep them all. It would be shocking to see Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith return in 2017 as they have more than likely played their final games with the Jets, respectively.
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In the grand scheme of things, the Jets should simply stick with Petty and spend the next couple of years giving him some offensive weapons to work with and allow him to grow. Bring in a quality tight end, another solid wide receiver, and some great offensive linemen to protect him as he continues to hone his craft towards finally being a franchise quarterback.
This isn’t the time to acquire Tony Romo or trade for Matthew Stafford. The Jets have “been there, done that” and it won’t please a fan base that simply wants stability and consistency from the most important position on the team. Stick with Petty, build around him, and start next season fresh with him under center ready to make some noise.