Ranking every NY Jets starting quarterback since 1990

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3. Mark Sanchez, QB, NY Jets

We've reached the top three. First up, the quarterback who managed to find more success with the team than any other QB in recent memory.

Mark Sanchez may not be the reason the Jets went to consecutive AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010, but he will forever be the quarterback who helped get them there. And his performance in the postseason cannot and should not be overlooked.

In total, Sanchez started four seasons with the Jets, throwing 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions. Despite his playoff success, he will still go down as a Jets draft bust. But he's also sixth all-time on the team in passing yards and has more playoff wins than any QB in franchise history.

Sanchez is absolutely deserving of a top-three spot on this list.

2. Chad Pennington, QB, NY Jets

Chad Pennington will always be one of the great what-ifs in Jets history. What if Pennington could have stayed healthy? What might his career have looked like?

As it stands, Pennington is still one of the best quarterbacks in Jets history. The former first-round pick started 61 games for the Jets over eight seasons, battling injuries every step of the way.

Pennington holds the Jets' single-season record for completion percentage and is the team's all-time leader in passer rating. He finished his Jets career with 82 touchdowns and just 55 interceptions before leaving to join the Miami Dolphins.

Pennington will be remembered as a gutsy fan favorite who provided the Jets with safe, consistent quarterback play. He could've been even better had injuries not derailed his career.

1. Vinny Testaverde, QB, NY Jets

Vinny Testaverde has to be the No. 1 QB on this list, if only for his stellar 1998 performance in which he led the Jets to a 12-1 record as a starter en route to an AFC Championship Game appearance.

You could very easily argue that said 1998 team was the best team the Jets have had since their Super Bowl-winning season. That season also marks the second-to-last time the Jets won the AFC East.

Testaverde never managed to reach those heights again, due in part to the torn Achilles he suffered in Week 1 of the following season, but that magical 1998 season can't be forgotten.

The Jets won more games with Testaverde at quarterback than any other QB since 1990. His No. 1 spot on this list is well-deserved.