You could say quarterback is a need for the New York Jets, and you wouldn’t be the craziest person in the world if you said that. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith finished his first NFL season with 12 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions, though his touchdown-to-interception ratio did improve to 4-to-2 in the final four games of the Jets’ season.
All that said, the Jets are clearly going to keep their eyes open when free agents hit the market this March. Maybe they won’t make a move, but they’re going to take a look at guys like Michael Vick or Josh McCown. They have to; it’s the best way to try to improve.
Over at the main site, Buck Stanton took a look at the top 10 free-agent quarterbacks for this upcoming offseason. Here’s a snippet from his piece:
10. Tarvaris Jackson
We’ve seen enough from Jackson during his seven NFL seasons to determine that he’s not going to be a long-term answer as a starter. His 2011 campaign in Seattle proved that point, despite throwing for more than 3,000 yards. But that much time on an NFL roster also proves that Jackson is at least competent. He can get a team in and out of the huddle, he can make decent decisions and he can move the football. Is he going to win a title? No. But he can play the position adequately.
9. Chad Henne
Henne is far from flashy, as he doesn’t do anything exceptionally well. He doesn’t have a cannon for an arm and he doesn’t make amazing plays with his feet. Thus, he’s kind of just another guy. But, he is a player who has proven he can deal with ugly situations. During his time in Miami and Jacksonville, he’s bravely taken his spot under center every week despite not having much talent around him. In the right situation, with a strong defense and running game, he could win games.