The New York Jets are in the hunt for a quarterback and well, they could get a golden one once Super Bowl 51 is in the books.
What if a New England Patriots backup quarterback became a Jet? Snatching Jimmy Garoppolo could mean the New York Jets have a golden quarterback leading into the off-season.
As early as 12 a.m. on February 6 after Super Bowl 51, Garoppolo will become one of the most talked about quarterbacks this offseason. Could the Jets be players and try to acquire him from their most heated rival?
The blueprint for Garoppolos’ success has already been seared into his mind. Because he’s a member of the finely tuned Bill Belichick system, the framework for golden quarterback traits has already been established.
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Traits, like learning alongside a great student of the game, studying film, practicing hard and preserving the body, are proven master keys to success. Garoppolo is accustomed to what the development process entails and the steps needed to continuously grow and win games. Therefore, he would do nothing less than hit the ground running.
Now the caveat to the possibility of a Jets golden quarterback you ask? His current coach is a shrewd and calculating negotiator. A subtraction from his roster would be a costly addition for the Jets.
Naturally, one would consider it unimaginable to fork over the well-earned Jets No. 6 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. What on earth could head coach Todd Bowles be thinking to give the Jets’ nemesis their coveted first draft selection?
Well consider the following:
- First, the John Morton offensive coordinator decision is not exactly as thoughtless as some would assume. His resume of player development and output, as well as playoff and Super Bowl appearances, should speak for itself.
- Second, even though some Jets fans have questioned the logic and decision making abilities of Bowles; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in an audio interview with NewYorkJets.com stated Bowles is “highly, highly intelligent” and his knowledge of the game makes him “one of the smartest guys to talk to defensively”. Hence, if Bowles considers the Garoppolo acquisition, provided said decision was on the table, it perhaps could be the knight-to-rook move that sets the stage for future Jets playoff runs. Notwithstanding, the Jets quarterback situation then becomes much more encouraging.
- And last, both Morton and Garoppolo are accustomed to systems where the tight end is not used in the offensive scheme merely as side pieces. Under Morton, they are viable attack options that are big, moving touchdown making targets. Note, it is common knowledge for the last two years Jets tight ends were misused and underutilized.
Now let’s assume the sixth pick is enough of a bargaining tool and the Jets choose much later in the draft. The quarterback confusion has now ended and they are free to focus on draft selections and roster decisions that beef up the tight end position, offensive line and secondary.
Perhaps, this all is contingent upon Bowles being a Jedi negotiator and beating the other teams interested in Garoppolo to the bargaining battle. Is he worth trading for? Will the Jets be in all in and try to trade for him using their No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft? Let’s wait and see what the Jets pull out of their sleeve.