The Jets offense is under a microscope this offseason as its inconsistent play was often deemed as the reason for several losses this past season. Jets quarterbacks, Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith both have been inconsistent to say the least. New York is expected to release the embattled veteran Sanchez and free up some cap room. However, releasing Sanchez and bringing in a veteran like Texans Matt Schaub has its pros and cons.
Schaub is a 32 year-old veteran, who appears to have seen his better day's come and go. Schaub is in his 11th season and still believes he can start in this league. His play last year compared to his pro bowl season is stunning. He started all 16 games in 2012 and just 8 in 2013. He seen his completion percentage drop and threw for just 2,310 yards after throwing over 4,000 yards the year before.
Schaub threw 22 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions in 2012, compared to 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2013. He set a new NFL record for most consecutive games having thrown a pick-six, with four. His Houston Texans lost 14 straight games finishing the season 2-14. Schaub played in ten of those games and received much of the blame for the losing streak.
If New York decides to pursue Schaub, this won't be the first time its tried to court him. It was reported that the Jets offered defensive end John Abraham to the Falcons in a straight-up deal, in 2006. Schaub was a backup behind Michael Vick that showed potential in just a couple games. The former Pro Bowl MVP, Schaub, has shown his ability to lead a team to the postseason and post big numbers, but he should not be a priority for Gang Green. Schaub could very well become a distraction rather then an insurance policy, and quarterback distractions is something the Jets are trying to avoid following their stints with their current QB's and free agent Tim Tebow.
The last thing New York needs is another inconsistent quarterback on its roster. With their cap room the Jets need to turn their attention to addressing the lack of weapons that they have on offense. Many believe that the quarterback struggles stem from the lack of outside weapons.
In today's NFL, you have to be able to score points as the Jets went just 8-8 having one of the best defenses in the league. It's time for head coach Rex Ryan and the Jets' front office to focus on the offense. They can go about improving their offense in two ways: through free agency and through the draft.
The Jets need game changing players; players that can score at any moment during the game and unfortunately Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill definitely aren't the answer. Their best wide receiver, the diminutive Jeremy Curly spent significant time on the injury list. On the free agent market, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker should draw the Jets attention, coming off an impressive season working with Peyton Manning. The Jets have an abundance of cap room to court several offensive weapons to New York.
Where the Jets can really make a splash is in the draft. The draft has several impressive expected draft prospects at wide receiver including: Clemson's Sammy Watkins, USC's Marqise Lee, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin and Texas A&M's Mike Evans.
The Jets could use another quarterback to be ready to step in and replace the often-inconsistent Smith, but Schaub should not be that guy. Schaub is likely done in Houston and one option is in Cleveland as his old coordinator is now there. A quarterback should be one of the Jets least concerns as they have fail to surround their quarterbacks with top-talent for several years now. This is a huge offseason for General manager John Idzik who has plenty of cap room and a ton of draft picks to work with.