The NY Jets had every opportunity to properly address the backup quarterback position before the season started. Instead, they trusted a player they had benched just a few months earlier for a CFL quarterback with their backup job.
The results have been exactly what most would've expected. The Jets' offense has been a disaster this season in the wake of Aaron Rodgers' injury, and it's become increasingly clear that neither Zach Wilson, Tim Boyle, nor Trevor Siemian is the solution at quarterback.
The Jets could've signed a better backup QB before the season started, but even after that misstep, there were ample opportunities to add a new quarterback to the roster following Rodgers' injury — a QB better than Trevor Siemian.
The following five quarterbacks might not have "saved the Jets' season," as the title suggests, but they would've likely been able to do a better job of keeping the team afloat and, more importantly, keeping the Aaron Rodgers return dream alive.
5. The NY Jets could've traded for Case Keenum
It would have made sense for the Jets to explore the trade market following Rodgers' injury in September, and one player they likely would have been able to land for next to nothing is veteran Case Keenum.
The 11-year NFL veteran is currently the third-string quarterback in Houston, but he has over 60 career starts under his belt and would provide much-needed experience to an unproven QB room.
Keenum hasn't played much in recent years, although he looked more than competent in his two starts with the Cleveland Browns in 2021. He was also a serviceable starter for a few years, from 2016 to 2019.
It's hard to imagine the Texans would have asked for much of anything to part ways with a QB who hasn't even been active for a single game this season. Keenum wouldn't have saved the day, but he's a better option than any QB currently on the Jets' roster.