Could Ray Lewis Solve the Jets' Quarterback Dilemma?

Cole TesslerCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2009

Ray Lewis said on Thursday that he considers the Jets to be an attractive scenario to play in, but one of the Jets main problems right now is quarterback. But if we get Ray Lewis do we even need to worry?

A good defense could always bail out a decent QB, like we have now in Kellen Clemens(possibly better). 

Lets look at an example—Joe Flacco.

Flacco was decent, but not great this year. His 11-5 record makes him look like a great QB, but lets look at his stats: He ranked 30th in the league in passing yards per game, 22nd in QB Rating, 20th in completion percentage, and 20th in TD's thrown.

What got the Ravens to the playoffs and AFC championship was their defense. The defense was third in points allowed, second in yards allowed and first in interceptions.

Now let's look at the postseason. The Ravens only allowed 14 points per game, first among teams that played multiple games. Flacco only averaged 140 yards per game during the postseason, only threw for one touchdown, and three picks. And his QB rating was a lowly 50.8.

Lets look at another example, Kyle Orton in the 2005 season. 31st in TD's thrown and 28th in yards. He also doesn’t even crack the top 32 in QB rating with 59.7 or in yards per game.

However, the Bears still managed to have a 11-5 record. This is because of there defense. The defense was first in points allowed, second in yards allowed, and second in interceptions.

Now, if the Jets manage to get Ray Lewis, I believe they will be a playoff team. All Kellen Clemens has to do is be decent.

Ray Lewis and the Jets could possibly be one of the best defenses in the league. With the Jets' fifth-ranked run defense, Ray Lewis could definitely shoot them up to first in defense against the run.

The only question is the secondary. If Kerry Rhodes can play like he did in 2006, Dwight Lowery could step up, and a decent cornerback like D.J. Moore could be picked up in the draft, the Jets could definitely have a top-five defense.

Now what will Clemens do?

Clemens did start during the 4-12 season in 2007, but he did show a lot of potential. He went 3-5 as a starter and could have gone 4-4 if a guy named Justin McCareins knew how to catch against the Ravens.

People forget how bad the offensive line was that season also. Kellen got sacked an average of 3.4 times per game, the highest rate of any QB in the league. Chad Pennington only went 1-7 under the same line.