As the New York Jets head into the new league year it is time to start analyzing the roster in order to identify team needs. In this edition we will review the quarterback position which will easily be the most scrutinized spot on the roster.
Mark Sanchez ( 2,883 passing yards, 13 tds, 18 ints) : 2012 was a lost season for Mark Sanchez as he regressed in almost every aspect of his game. Sanchez ended the season a quarterback lost in the pocket that continued to make terrible decisions with the football.
Status for 2013: The Jets are in a tough spot with Sanchez as he is guaranteed $8.25 million dollars this season with a $12.8 million dollar cap charge. The team may ask Mark to restructure but I have a hard time believing that he will be willing to spread out his guaranteed money. If anything Gang Green may try to trade Sanchez and offer to pay for a good portion of his contract ( say $5 of the $8 million). My prediction is that Sanchez is on the Jets 2013 roster.
Tim Tebow (39 passing yards, 102 rushing yards): It is hard to evaluate Tebow’s performance as he was never truly given a chance to show what he can add to the offense. The Jets sold everyone on Tebow and the Wildcat formation yet the coaching staff had no idea how to incorporate it into the game plan.
Status for 2013: I think it is safe to say that the Jets are ready to move on from the Tim Tebow experience. The Jets will try and trade Tebow but I highly doubt that any team will bite knowing that Gang Green will more than likely cut Tim prior to March 12th.
Greg McElroy (214 passing yards, 1 td, 1 int): McElroy got his first taste of NFL action in 2012 and did the best that he could in a miserable situation. McElroy displayed a good command of the offense and the ability to lead, but his arm strength is a huge question mark.
Status for 2013: It will be interesting to see how the Jets handle McElroy as they transition to the west coast offense. McElroy could lose his spot on the roster if the team brings in a veteran signal caller and drafts a quarterback.
Free agent options: Jason Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, Matt Moore, Tarvaris Jackson, David Garrard, Brady Quinn, Drew Stanton
Quarterbacks that could be released/traded: Mike Vick, Kevin Kolb, Alex Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Colt McCoy, Matt Flynn, Matt Cassel
Outlook: Assuming that the Jets are unable to trade Sanchez I would not be surprised to see the team go after a a veteran that can legitimately compete for the starting quarterback spot. The only challenge for the Jets will be the price tag as you can only allocate so much money to the quarterback position. Many have mentioned Alex Smith and Matt Flynn as options but I think that their price tag (financially and draft pick compensation) is too high for the Jets. If anything I can see the Jets going the Jason Campbell, Matt Moore route. And for those wondering I think Mike Vick would be a terrible idea for a variety of reasons.
Gang Green will also look to draft a quarterback but according to all of the early reports this is not a very strong class. Leave it to the Jets to have a major question mark at arguably the most important position on the team. There is a very good chance that the team will have to wait a year to get their franchise signal caller.