By Alexander Lawrence
As a Jets fan you are more than likely not too happy with their record of 3-7 this season. In what has been a disappointing season we saw the Jets begin to evaluate what they have at the quarterback position. Here are some of the top New York Jets stories involving the QB situation for the remainder of this season and going forward.
The Savior…Bryce Petty?
Like most Jets fan, myself included, we were all hoping for a sign that this season isn’t a complete waste to watch. When it was announced last Sunday morning that Ryan Fitzpatrick would not start, the Jets put the team in the untested hands of former Baylor QB Bryce Petty. I was excited to see what Petty had to offer in his first career NFL start. Boy was it a start to remember. The former Baylor QB threw his first NFL touchdown pass on a huge 99 yard drive. To say that drive got Jet fans excited would be an understatement. Memorable huh? But he did also have the interception that ended the game and led the Rams past the Jets, 9-6. It is important to note Petty had a stat line that was pedestrian (19/32 for 163 yards with a TD & INT) but I do believe that Petty is worth a look at to see if he can develop into a good quarterback. Don’t be surprised to see Petty under center more this season if not the rest of the season. If he plays well enough he may very well be the signal caller next season.
Fitzmagic on his way out the door?
Ryan Fitzpatrick is on a one-year deal and his performance and age aren’t going to force Jets GM Mike Maccagnan into resigning Fitz this time around. Over the offseason you saw all of Jets nation begging for Fitz to come back after his excellent season. That feels so long ago. Fitzpatrick doesn’t seem to be an option for the Jets past 2016, in fact he may never play another down for the Jets. With the bye week this week, it does give him time to heal for the Week 12 contest against the Patriots. I do firmly believe the organization and fan base are ready to move on and see what Petty and Hackenberg have. I think Fitz will be a fine backup for another team not named the New York Jets.
Tony Romo to the Big Apple?
Jerry Jones has named Tony Romo the backup QB to rookie Dak Prescott. Cue Tony Romo as the next QB to start for Gang Green. A lot of fans and experts are expecting Romo to be cut or traded this offseason. Romo is more than likely done in Dallas as a starting QB and will look to find a new home. No one can deny the success Romo has had in his career despite injury. He’d be a huge upgrade for the Jets and most importantly their receiving corps would love him too if he stays healthy. The Jets would be wise to send over an offer or two for Romo as the fan base is desperate for a new QB. If the Jets do go this route expect Romo to start and thrive immediately based off the talent on offense.
Christian Hackenberg and Geno Smith don’t seem to be in the mix of potential starters next year if you ask me. Hackenberg has done nothing to this point. Literally. He’s been a non-factor and we knew from the beginning it’d be a redshirt year for him to fix his mechanics. He may be the future, but not for 2017. Geno Smith is not going to be a Jet next year. His season ended on a torn ACL in his only start of the season and didn’t make it out of one half! There is no way that Geno Smith is in the plans for the Jets going forward.