New York Jets: Should Look To Draft a Quarterback

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IFebruary 12, 2009

The great Brett Favre is retiring. Yawn.

Look, we all knew it was going to happen eventually. No one can keep playing football forever. He's gone and the world should take a moment to mourn his loss from the National Football League.

Okay, moment's over, now lets get to the bigger issue, which is the New York Jets' quarterback situation.

The Jets released Chad Pennington, who went to the Dolphins, in order to get Favre. Now that Favre is gone, they have only Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff, and those two are not the most impressive quarterbacks.

This team has great potential.

It has one of the top guards in football in the form of Alan Faneca, a Pro Bowl center in Nick Mangold, two talented running backs in Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, and two excellent receivers in Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery.

And the New York Jets's defense has improved tremendously, forcing 29 fumbles, 40 sacks, and 14 interceptions on the season, with three of them returned for touchdowns.

The special teams were on fire as well with Leon Washington, who had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown this year.

What they need is a quarterback that can truly be a playmaker.

Not to take away anything from Brett, but he was up there in age, and he threw 22 interceptions to go along with his 22 touchdown passes. They need a young guy in the pocket airing it out to those receivers.

Now, who is the best quarterback in the draft? The answer is Matthew Stafford out of Georgia.

This guy has got an arm of gold. Every time he drops back to pass, he has you wondering, "Is this the play that will end the game?"

The Jets need to try to trade up to grab Stafford so he can become their franchise quarterback. I can see him in a Jets uniform leading this team to success, and maybe even a championship title.

If they can't get him, then they should grab Mark Sanchez out of USC. Even though I detest Pete Carroll and that ridiculous music they keep playing over and over, USC is a great place to find talent, especially at the quarterback position.

Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer, and Matt Cassel are from USC, and Pete Carroll knows how to make a good football player.

The Jets may want to address other needs during the draft, but I think that those other needs can be worked out in free agency.

They have a chance to grab a young quarterback and put him behind a very good offensive line with a running game to help him out.

That is the best kind of team to break in a young signal-caller. A team where the quarterback does not have all the pressure on him, where the team can win a game if the quarterback messes up with an interception or a fumble.

Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez can learn a lot in New York.

The Jets can also pick up a quarterback through free agency, but whatever they do, I wish them luck.