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Starting a rookie quarterback might be best option for Jets in 2018

By Luis Tirado Jr.
PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass during the first half of a game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Rose Bowl on November 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass during the first half of a game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Rose Bowl on November 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets might miss out on the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes and that would be okay in the grand scheme of things. Maybe it’s best they actually continue rebuilding with youth and start a new rookie quarterback in 2018.

Kirk Cousins officially signs with another team. Okay, sorry to ruin your hopes and dreams of him coming to the New York Jets but there is a huge possibility that he might end up signing a huge contract with another team. If that happens, what would be the ideal situation the Jets would like to see in 2018?

Well, if that does indeed happen, it would make sense to re-sign quarterback Josh McCown for at least another year or two as a backup and mentor. McCown is a veteran of the game, a leader among men, and would be able to continue molding young quarterbacks and players around him.

If the Jets wanted to continue rebuilding the right way and miss out on a top free agent quarterback, they must use the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on the best quarterback available. Now, as always, anything can happen in the NFL Draft as even in my latest mock draft, I see how someone like Josh Rosen, could still be available when the Jets are on the clock.

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If Rosen is not, then the Jets must consider trading up to land a future franchise quarterback. The kind of player that can lead this team to consistent winning results year in, year out. If general manager Mike Maccagnan and his draft scouts are undoubtedly sure that one of the Big 4 at quarterback is “the guy” then they have to make a huge trade in order to move up and select him.

Starting a rookie franchise quarterback next season would not only bring excitement to the Jets that they haven’t had in quite some time but finally usher in a new era. When it comes to the most important position on the team, it might be time for them to stop starting aging veteran quarterbacks and start completely fresh with a rookie ready to take the NFL by storm.

The Jets can then focus on adding a good supporting cast around him and finally have everything come together to produce a competitive offense that can get the job done. Most teams that follow this recipe tend to produce long-term winning results and would finally break the mold from what the Jets have been doing over the past few years.

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