JaMarcus Russell: Jets Would Be Making Giant Mistake by Adding QB
The New York Jets, according to a NJ.com report, have had discussions regarding bringing in JaMarcus Russell for next season. Russell has decided to stage a comeback after leaving the NFL in 2009. The Jets are completely misguided to purse the former top pick.
More recently, after Tannenbaum was let go, members of the organization had some very exploratory, informal discussions regarding former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who flamed out of the NFL after the 2009 season. Russell recently decided to mount a comeback in hopes of returning to the league next season.
The Jets are completely off-base in thinking JaMarcus Russell is a good addition to this team. They have been the joke of the league with their mismanagement and horrid quarterback situation.
Adding Russell would only bring about more attention to the Jets and negative publicity.
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco was already delivering the Jets quarterback jokes upon the news:
Jets exploring JaMarcus Russell. At 315 pounds, he is still a better QB than Tebow.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) January 29, 2013
Many thought the addition of general manager John Idzik would bring about a new spirit to the franchise. This move seems to indicate the opposite. It's the same old Jets and the same old attention-seeking franchise.
Mark Sanchez was incredibly inadequate at the quarterback position last year. He completed just 54.3 percent of his passes, threw 18 interceptions and finished the year with a quarterback rating of 66.9. While Sanchez stunk it up, Tebow rotted on the bench as an even worse option.
The Jets need to look for a real quarterback this offseason. With Alex Smith and Matt Flynn seemingly available, the Jets need to look into these two quarterbacks who have proven they can be capable NFL players.
If not via free agency, the Jets should turn to the draft and bring in a quarterback. If they want to go with Sanchez as the starter, they should use a second- or third-round pick to bring in E.J. Manuel to at least have a plan going forward in case Sanchez doesn't improve.
The fact that Russell was never even good just makes the move that much more confusing. His best season in the NFL was in 2008 when he completed just 53.8 percent of his passes, threw 13 touchdowns, eight interceptions and finished the year with a quarterback rating of 77.1.
For his career, Russell has thrown 18 touchdowns to 23 interceptions. It's hard to imagine a player coming back from three full years off and having success he was never able to find during his first three years in the league. According to a recent Yahoo! Sports report by Kristian Dyer, Russell still weighs over 300 pounds.
While some executives have stated the importance of exploring every possible option, this seems to be an exception. Adding JaMarcus Russell to the Jets is a mistake waiting to happen.
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