Michael Vick has reportedly announced that he is not interested in joining the New York Jets in 2013. Vick was one of the quarterbacks Gang Green had their eyes set on during the offseason. It is rumored that Vick had tension with former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who the Jets signed on Friday to the same position. Now the question is who will be the quarterback for next season?
Recently signed general manager John Idzik could seek familiar faces by considering Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn, both played quarterback while Idzik was employed with the Seattle Seahawks. Jackson played relatively well when he started for the Seahawks during the 2011 season. He threw for 3,091 yards and had 14 touchdown passes, but he also threw 13 interceptions. Jackson was also the back up to future Hall of Famer Brett Favre while he played for the Minnesota Vikings and saw action a lot of action as the starter before Favre's arrival. Jackson served as the backup quarterback for the Buffalo Bills during the 2012 season, but did not take a snap under center.
Flynn had a lot of hype heading into last off season because of his start in Green Bay's 2011 regular season finale against the Detroit Lions. The Packers sat Aaron Rodgers so he could rest for the playoffs and Flynn had a career day. He threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in the Packers' 45-41 victory. Last season he signed a three year deal with the Seahawks and was expected to be named the starter, but head coach Pete Carroll appointed rookie Russell Wilson the starter before the season opener.
Both Jackson and Flynn are high risk quarterbacks, but can bring a high reward. Jackson is known for throwing interceptions, but he has playoff experience. Flynn has little experience as a starting quarterback in the NFL, but if his start against the Lions is any indication of the future, he could be a star. The Jets could look at the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, if the salary cap permits this.
Smith has a large contract and the organization is in a rebuilding stage. Smith helped lead the 49ers to the NFC Championship game last season and is an accurate quarterback. This season he lost his starting job due to the emergence of Colin Kaepernick.
The Jets could use a draft pick in April, but it will probably be in the later rounds because they have bigger holes to fill. The team still has Mark Sanchez, but he struggled the past two seasons. Last season alone, Sanchez had 26 turnovers and 18 interceptions. The past two seasons he has had a total of 52 turnovers. Sanchez did give the Jets organization hope during his first two seasons as he led the team to the AFC Championship game both years, only to lose close games and that should be taken into consideration.
Gang Green also has Tim Tebow under contract, but he was rarely used last season and some say he was mistreated by the team. Tebow was fresh off leading the Denver Broncos to the playoffs during the 2011 season and was supposed to give Sanchez some competition. But, head coach Rex Ryan only used Tebow in the Wildcat package and refused to bench Sanchez until the final two weeks. When Ryan did bench Sanchez, he named third string quarterback A.J. McCarron the starter over Tebow. The Jets are expected to either release or trade the young quarterback.
Morningweg is known for grooming quarterbacks. Pro Bowlers such as Brett Favre, Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, and Steve Young have been under the tutelage of Morningweg. This could mean either the resurrection of Sanchez's career or if he doesn't perform, someone will be ready to take his job.
Idzik needs to rebuild quickly because the Big Apple does not accept non-contenders. Gang Green has a lot of options to look at. They can seek a trade, stay with Sanchez or draft a player and start new. Know this; the Jets will not accept Sanchez's subpar play again if he is named the starting quarterback. The Jets are definitely prepared to have a new look offense for the 2013 season, and they desperately need it.