With their depth chart nearly turned upside down, the New York Jets have yet to settle on their future franchise signal-caller. Mark Sanchez has done very little to gain the trust and confidence of his teammates while media darling Tim Tebow is expected to be traded or released as soon as this upcoming week.
In his second year in the league, Greg McElroy proved to be an adept game manager in his limited playing time, but failed to seize control of the starting quarterback position. During free agency, the Jets inked veteran David Garrard to provide quarterback competition and infuse veteran leadership into a locker room that will feature several new faces from different places this year. Newly hired general manager John Idzik has worked meticulously this offseason to rebuild a depleted roster, but the bulk of his work is still ahead of him with the NFL draft fast approaching.
A quick examination of the Jets quarterback depth chart reveals some glaring weaknesses with no player separating himself from the field. Sanchez has regressed in the two years following his two consecutive AFC championship appearances; turning the ball over at an alarming rate and appearing rattled and confounded by opposing defenses. Tebow, who wasn't afforded a genuine opportunity to star, is halfway out the door in Florham Park and doesn't figure into New York's long-term plans. McElroy is the most cerebral passer on the roster, but by most scouts' estimates in limited in his playmaking ability. Garrard is a proven winner and selfless athlete, but injuries forced him to miss the past two seasons and at 35-years-old, his most productive years are likely behind him.
So that leaves Gang Green in a precarious situation.
A rattled Sanchez, underutilized Tebow, unproven McElroy and an injury-riddled Garrard. Not exactly an ideal quarterback scenario.
With what many are calling a weak 2013 quarterback draft class, the Jets look to have no other option than to roll the dice on a future signal-caller. With the No. 9 overall pick in their grasp, the Jets could potentially snag a top-graded quarterback to provide added competition during training camp.
In a quarterback-driven league, the Jets front office may have arrived at the realization that it will need to solve its quarterback woes before the regular season gets underway. With Gang Green's current cast of quarterback characters, Idzik and company should turn to the draft to groom their quarterback of the future.