From constant injuries and inconsistent play at the wide receiver position to the continuous fails of Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense, New York needs a profusion of help. With not much hope of reaching the playoffs this season, the Jets front office must already be preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft and offseason trades and acquisitions. Unless by some miracle Mark Sanchez leads the Jets to a playoff berth and possible postseason run, the era of 'The Sanchize' has reached its conclusion.
If the game between the Jets and Arizona Cardinals in Week 13 wasn't any indication that Mark Sanchez is not the answer at quarterback, than I really do not know what it will take. Sanchez threw three interceptions, zero touchdowns, recorded a 4.4 QBR rating and completed less than 50 percent of his passes. The kicker is, he did it while the Jets defense was stonewalling the Arizona Cardinals offense.
Once Greg McElroy entered the game, in his very first NFL appearance, the New York offense actually played focused and poised. McElroy rolls out of the pocket a lot smoother than Sanchez and seems to have a better vision for his receivers downfield. Even though it would be in the Jets' best interests to start McElroy, it seems that Sanchez will most likely be the starter because of Rex Ryan's belief that he is the right quarterback for the job.
Either way, if the Jets do not make the playoffs this season it is pretty much a sure thing that players, coaches and the organization as a whole will change dramatically. Whether its through trading with other teams for elite players, or stocking up on draft picks to start fresh for the future with a young and exciting squad, changes will be made.
If this is the start of a new direction for the New York Jets, then it is very possible that they will draft a quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft. Unfortunately there isn't the incredible QB talent of last year's draft class, with Stanford QB Andrew Luck and Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, but there are quite a few players this year that could end up blossoming into very special quarterbacks.
From Aaron Murray to Landry Jones to Mike Glennon, the New York Jets have quite a few promising young quarterbacks to choose from in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.
Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs
As of now Aaron Murray is currently projected as a third-to-fourth round talent. If draft day approaches and Murray is still on the board in the fourth round, and the Jets are still in search of a QB, then that would be the best case scenario for Gang Green. Murray has proven to be an elite quarterback in a college conference that features the best players and defenses in the nation.
As a matter of fact, Murray finished his 2012 collegiate junior season completing 231 of 353 attempted passes for 3466 yards, 31 TDS, only eight INTs, and a 65.4 completion percentage. Murray's impressive arm strength and quick release will keep him in the National Football League for an extended career.
Murray exhibited tremendous consistency throughout his junior year, scoring at least one touchdown in every game of the season except one and recording 10 multiple-touchdown performances. If the Jets get rid of Sanchez, and hopefully manage to get a draft pick in return to help fill other needs, then Aaron Murray would be a solid start to a new legacy for the New York Jets.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma Sooners
Landry Jones had a legendary stay at Oklahoma during his college career as a Sooner. As the starting quarterback at OU for three seasons, he steadily made his mark by claiming an incredible 13 school passing records, with one of them being 12,379 passing yards. Jones is outstanding at placing the football where only his receiver can get to it, and he has great presence in the pocket with the ability to be effective on designed roll-out formations.
Even at the college level Landry Jones exhibited some great football knowledge from time to time, making pre-snap reads and adjusting to defensive audibles to create open space and big plays. The Jets could use a quarterback like Jones because he has the type of character and confidence that instills energy in his teammates and gives them a reason to produce for him.
Jones is currently projected as a third-round possibility but is another one of those quarterbacks that can be a major steal. If his draft stock doesn't rise from now to the 2013 NFL Draft, and the Jets haven't made a QB selection in the first round, then Landry Jones should be the quarterback of the future for New York.
Mike Glennon, NC State Wolfpack
Mike Glennon is one of three quarterbacks eligible for the 2013 NFL draft, alongside Geno Smith and Matt Barkley, that is projected to go at some point in the first two rounds. Glennon definitely receives the least attention, however I believe that in the right situation he will pan out to be a better quarterback than both Smith and Barkley at the professional level.
In both his junior and senior seasons, Glennon threw for over 3,000 yards and scored over 30 touchdowns. Being sacked a total of 64 times in his last two collegiate seasons, Glennon has proven that he doesn't let the defensive pressure hinder his confidence and effectiveness. Although Glennon had some games where he lacked discipline, throwing numerous interceptions, it seems as if he often felt too much pressure to produce because of the lack of talent around him.
Landry Jones and Aaron Murray are much better fits for the New York Jets, but if they decide to go for a QB in the first two rounds it wouldn't be a surprise if they showed some interest in Mike Glennon.