2. The NY Jets could've traded for Josh Dobbs
Josh Dobbs may be coming off the worst game of his NFL career, but he's done more than enough in his time as a starter for two separate franchises this season to prove that he belongs in this league.
Dobbs was a revelation for the Arizona Cardinals early in the season, scoring 11 total touchdowns and throwing just five interceptions in eight starts. This was despite playing with one of the worst supporting casts in the NFL.
Now, Dobbs is starting in Minnesota after the Vikings sent a sixth-round pick to Arizona following a season-ending torn Achilles suffered by Kirk Cousins.
Prior to a four-interception meltdown in Week 12, Dobbs had thrown four touchdowns and just one interception, leading the Vikings offense to 20+ points in every game. The Vikings were proactive in acquiring a QB when their starter went down — the Jets were not.
1. The NY Jets could've traded for Jacoby Brissett
If there was one potentially available quarterback who could've legitimately salvaged this Jets season, it was probably Jacoby Brissett. Brissett remains one of the best backup quarterbacks in the entire NFL.
The former third-round pick started 11 games for the Browns last season and legitimately played at an above-average level for a good portion of the season. He would absolutely start on a handful of teams right now — obviously including the Jets.
Teams were reportedly calling about Brissett, currently the backup in Washington, prior to the trade deadline, and although he ultimately wasn't moved, it's fair to suggest that he could've been had for a certain price.
The Jets would likely have at a minimum 2-3 more wins right now if Brissett was their quarterback. We might be talking about Aaron Rodgers returning for a potential playoff run.
Instead, the Jets stuck with their abysmal quarterback room, and they paid the price.