Let The Quarterback War Begin!


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Now that the storm has calmed and things appear somewhat normal in East Rutherford, New Jersey, there is one question that still remains. The Jets made Tim Tebow exit stage right and they drafted Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Now, the Jets have Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy. Who will overcome adversities to become THE New York Jets quarterback for the 2013-2014 season? My answer is not what you think. I’m going to go out on a limb and say David Garrard will have the starting quarterback job once Week 1 hits.

Not Mark Sanchez

Why not Mark Sanchez you ask? Well for one, Sanchez is a basket case. Yes, Sanchez was drafted fifth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft from USC. Yes, Sanchez led the Jets to two consecutive AFC Championships, the first being his rookie year. But Sanchez seems to be on a decline. Over the past two seasons, he hasn’t improved as a quarterback. His touchdown to interception ratio has been one-sided since his career started in 2009. Last season, Sanchez threw for 2,883 yards, 13 TDs and 18 INTs. Some Jets fans already had their reservations about Sanchez’ will to win and now Jets fans are done with him. Sanchez was already crumbling because of Tebow. Now the Jets have three other quarterbacks waiting and I don’t think Sanchez will be able to overcome that adversity.

Not Geno Smith

Why not Geno Smith you ask? Well, Smith just talks too much for my liking. Yes, Smith threw 42 TDs to just 6 INTs last season for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Yes, Smith compiled 4,205 yards and had a completion percentage of 71.2, but those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Yes, the Mountaineers went 5-0 in their first five games with Smith anchoring the offense, but then the Mountaineers lost six of their last eight games, where Smith had problems scoring against opponents. If there is one thing the Jets need to do, that is score touchdowns. I’m not sure about you, but that speaks volumes to me. Smith has already promised that the Jets will go to the playoffs, now he has to back it up which I don’t think he will do.
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Not Greg McElroy

Why not Greg McElroy you ask? Well, McElroy just hasn’t displayed much in the NFL to make me believe he will get the job done. Last season, he played in two games and compiled 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His last year at Alabama in 2010, McElroy completed 70.9% of his passes, throwing 20 touchdowns, five interceptions and for 2,987 yards. We all know that the NFL is a different breed compared to college football and I just have to see more from him to go out on that limb.

Why Garrard

So we are left with Garrard. Yes, the same Garrard who hasn’t played a football down since 2010. Yes, the same Garrard that lost his job after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last August. But we can’t just stop there. For Garrard’s career, he has completed 61.6% of his passes, compiled 16,003 yards, 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions. In his last season in Jacksonville,  Garrard threw 23 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and ran for 279 yards. Garrard is a seasoned veteran who can mentor all three quarterbacks mentioned above and has shown the ability to win football games. Although the Jets quarterback position is still opened for grabs, I think Garrard will excel and give the Jets fans what they have been looking for in a quarterback.

About Erica Blackburn

Hampton University graduate, Georgetown University graduate student. Associate Producer at SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Lover of all things reality sports and fantasy sports.

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