When I think about the New York Jets one movie comes to mind. Billy Murray’s Groundhog Day. The only difference is, it is not the same day that repeats itself over and over, it is the same season, year in and year out. I have been a Jets fan my whole life, and I never went into a season, thinking the Jets had a legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl. It was always the same old song and dance routine. If the Jets play great defense, if they don’t turn the ball over and run the ball effectively they can win 10 games maybe. When it comes to “Gang Green” one movie quote comes to mind. It is from the movie Snatch, “Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.”
In 2016, New York finished with a record of 5-11. They have the 6th pick in the 2017 NFL draft. They have released Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold. The Jets have a ton of holes to fill and in any other year, I would suggest they trade down to stockpile extra draft picks. But not this year. It looks like there are two top 10 quarterbacks. QB, Mitchell Trubisky, from North Carolina and QB, Deshaun Watson, from Clemson. The Jets must draft one of these two quarterbacks. There is no other choice for this team.
Other than the Cleveland Browns (Who haven’t won a title since 1964) The Jets have been the worst organization in the NFL when it comes to the quarterback position. In a recent poll taken by Jets fans, Joe Namath and Chad Pennington received 48% and 42% of the votes, for the greatest quarterback in franchise History. No disrespect to either one of these QB’s, but Namath hasn’t played for the Jets since the mid-1970s and Pennington was not a legitimate, pro-bowl quarterback. He was a glorified game manager… at best.
The Final Four in Last year’s NFL’s AFC and NFL Championship games had Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan. All of them are franchise quarterbacks and Roethlisberger and Ryan should get into the Hall of Fame with Brady and Rodgers.
Over the past 5 years, the NFL has implanted dozens of rule changes to favor the offense. Quarterbacks are now being asked to do more and run several more plays per game with the hurry up/no huddle offense. The days of game managers are over. Since 2000, only 3 game managers have won Super Bowls, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson and two years ago Peyton Manning. For the first time in my lifetime, the Jets need to draft a franchise quarterback and develop that player for the next 10 years. If they don’t we will be witnessing the NFL’s version of the movie Ground Hog Day. Something I have seen since the mid-1980s.
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