The one thing I'll say is that the 6 game stretch Rick Mirer played for us in 1999 was arguably the worst QBing I've ever seen at the NFL level. Add in the fact that he singlehandedly lost the opening game for us by throwing horrible 4th quarter picks after Parcells surprisingly pulled an effective Tom Tupa (true he was the punter, but he threw a couple TDs and did nothing to warrant getting benched for Mirer of all people). Then Parcells stuck with Mirer for 6 games when everyone on the planet could see how awful he is, finally mercifully pulling him for Ray Lucas (who nearly led us to the playoffs).
Granted, the Jets have had some awful QBs (as the list illustrates), but I have a hard time believing any of them ever played the position worse than Mirer did.
Pennington was a much more efficient QB, but after he was exposed in Oakland, the guy was a complete no-show in every big game after that. It's not like he crushed Vinny in playoff wins (2 to 1), and in the losses against Pitt in '04 and NE in '06 he did little to help the cause. From '03 to '07, was there a single game with Pennington as QB that was memorable due to his performance? I can only think of the SD playoff game.
Vinny on the other hand put up the best season by a QB in team history in '98. He was lights out in the 2nd half against Denver in the championship game, but no one could hold the ball (or Terrell Davis) in that game.
After the injury in '99 he led the team on 4 memorable comebacks in '00 to start the season. And despite having the worst starting receiving core in the history of the franchise, the guy put up almost 500 yards against the '00 Ravens defense trying to get the Jets in the playoffs. Yeah, he threw a back-breaking pick-6 in that same game, but 500 yards? Against the best defense of all time? With Dedric Ward & Wayne Chrebet as his starting WRs?
He was also money in the playoff game against the Raiders in '01. Not his fault the team couldn't stop Rice & Brown and that Abraham had a tummy ache. For the better part of three seasons (and in every playoff game), Vinny showed up when it mattered.
All that said...it's pretty sad that those are the two best QBs the franchise has seen in 40 years. Wow.
I agree though that Chad's resume is generally not filled with a lot of eye-popping performances.
Don't forget though that Vinny was a pretty mediocre QB for us outside of 1998, threw a lot of INTs and really just relied on his big arm to get balls into tight spots instead of reading the D and taking what it would give him. He was more exciting though. Overall, I think Chad was the better player for us.
it's not like the jets haven't had some decent qbs. obrien, todd, vinnie and even odonnell were pretty good qb's in their own right. and you can look at ray lucas to see what can be done with superior coaching and game planning. it all comes down to desire and wanting to win. imo pat ryan was under appreciated because the guy always tried his best to win. boomer is over appreciated because he was just so washed up as a qb and then had the mouth that didn't help the team.
As much as I usually find Bleacher Report articles as amateurish, fan-boyish and often simple-minded, this list was a bit of an eye opener. Being too young to remember some of them (being born in 1974, my earliest memories as a Jets fan starts when Richard Todd was the starter), it was a good way to recap and bring back faded memories of some. Some of them my mind blocked out... like Bubby Brister, who I seem to remember being worse than even Mirer (Mirer's tenure just hurt more because of the Super Bowl caliber potential around him and how Lucas got hot but fell short due to Mirer's extended poor play while Brister was during the dark Kotite era where everything was bad).
It also goes to show how Jet QBs get run out of town at the slightest bit of adversity. The better ones were given more time, but still got run out of town with the possible exception of Vinny (age caught up) and Penny (injuries and trade).
The question is, are we going by accomplishments as a team, individual play, or both? In the last 20 years, the biggest accomplishments as a team have been by Mark Sanchez, winning 4 playoff games. Sorry, but little else matters other than winning in the playoffs. Vinny's Monday Night Miracle was great, and that gets points, but I'd rather have lost that game and won 2 more in the playoffs in 98.
As good as Pennington played, he couldn't get over the hump of beating an elite team. With Sanchez, we've beaten the Colts, Patriots, Chargers all in the playoffs, on the road. That counts huge.
Now go by individual play. You can easily put Vinny and Chad up there for regular season play, but it's not too far ahead of some other QBs we've had. O'brien had one year which he led the NFL in passer rating, but that was over 25 years ago. Chad did that one year as well. Does it make them good? Depends what categories your rating these guys on.
Namath is on top with the trophy. Was he the best QB out of all of them? Probably not, but he won, and that's all that matters. If he didn't win the Superbowl, no one would talk about him like they do. Sanchez wins the Superbowl, nobody will talk about his interceptions as much as that trophy, and he instantly becomes one of the best.
I actually agree with every # on that list. Top 10 anyway