Jets Must Solve the Quarterback Position Sooner than Later

Jets Must Solve the Quarterback Position Sooner than Later

With the window open to contact Free Agents, things are really heating up in the NFL.  We all know the major needs the New York Jets need to get this year, but the question still remains how they will fill the positions:  Free Agency or the NFL Draft?

Here are my thoughts on why I think the quarterback position will dictate how the Jets will piece together the rest of the offensive puzzle.

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All eyes on John Idzik

All eyes on John Idzik

I was always of the philosophy that you build the core from the NFL Draft and you use Free Agency as stop gaps.   I feel that Geno Smith, who was drafted last year, is John Idzik’s plan for the future.  He now must get that stop gap from free agency.

There has been a ton of talk about the quarterback and wide receiver positions during the off-season and just about every player has been linked to New York.  In order to be even considered for top wide receiver talent in the free agency pool, Idzik has to bring in a top quarterback to back up or at least push Geno Smith.

Quarterback Should be the First Priority

Mike Vick to JetsI think it would be wise for John Idzik to concentrate on the backup quarterback position ASAP.  No free agent wide receiver is going to favor the Jets not knowing the situation.  Is Geno the starter?  I’m sure they are asking themselves:   “If Geno fails, at least there will be (Insert any guy here) to pick up the pieces and I’ll still succeed.”

It would be wise for Idzik to make an aggressive run at Michael Vick, although he wouldn’t be my first choice.

Matt Schaub is said to be good as gone for the Texans, and although he has said in the past that he wouldn’t play for the Jets, the brass should make a run at him.  Both Vick and Schaub are probably better quarterbacks than Geno Smith as of now, and both said that they would like to be starting not backing up.

You know that John Idzik will want to push Geno in competition but deep down, he’s going to want the guy he drafted to win the job.  It just makes his life easier.

Can’t Make a Decision on Sanchez Just Yet

If the Jets can't land a top QB in FA, Sanchez might be staying

If the Jets can’t land a top QB in FA, Sanchez might be staying

You won’t see a move on Mark Sanchez until the Jets land or miss on a big name quarterback in free agency, in my opinion.  Although not a popular choice, Sanchez will be the safety net if all the plans to sure up a top free agent fail.  His salary and his popularity are both issues with the organization and the fans, but Sanchez in my opinion is still a better quarterback than Geno RIGHT NOW.  That’s still coming off his surgery.

I think the right move is to have Geno continue where he left off and be the starter for 2014.  I just would like to see the Jets have a contingency plan in place JUST IN CASE Geno either gets hurt or really struggles.

  • sb3champs

    Keeping Sanchez would create a locker room division. All for a guy with happy feet, no pocket presence, a less then cannon arm, inaccurate, a sulking figure when things go wrong, and a guy who never completed 60 per cent of his passes in the NFL. I think the Jets would be wise to cut him and sign McCowan or Schaub. A new start is what Sanchez needs elsewhere.

    • Erik Manassy

      I get it, you don’t like Sanchez. I’m saying if the Jets can’t land a Vick, McCowan or Schaub, Sanchez might be the answer (and it won’t be a popular choice by the fans).

      • sb3champs

        Sorry but you do not get it. I worry about the team and not a player. Sanchez’s presence will cause some in the locker room to back him. Others will back Geno. Its a no win situation. I do not care to have Geno looking over his shoulder every time he makes a mistake. Mark has made plenty of mistakes and some were laughable. In my opinion Mark needs a change of scenery and the Jets do too. Again, I only worry about the Jets and not individual players.