What I Would Do at QB For 2013
1. I would find some way to cut Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Get them both off the roster, clear the air, prepare to move on as a Franchise.
2. I would announce an Open Competition for the QB Job in 2013.
3. I would retain McElroy.
4. I would draft one of the three in my signature. All should be available in the 2nd to 5th rounds, at current projections. I would NOT try and trade up or draft any QB in the first round in 2013.
5. I would NOT, repeat NOT, bring on board any recycled former-bust or never-was Veterans. No Alex Smith. No Chad Henne. No Matt Moore. No one like that. It's not an answer.
6. I would NOT trade multiple draft picks for someone elses version of Mark Sanchez. I.e. No Matt Flynn, no Alex Smith, No Mike "Dogkiller headache" Vick. They are not an answer.
7. I would use a 7th or an UDFA spot to aquire the best available QB at that point still available.
So, my 2013 QB Roster:
1. Greg McElroy
2. Draft Pick QB #1
3. UDFA/7th Round Draft Pick QB
Play out 2013 with youth at the QB position, best player wins the job in Camp/Pre-season and go.
Revisit the position in 2014, when there may (but may not) be a more legitimate Draft Class should it be needed.
In support of this, I would instead work to build the pieces around the QB 9since no elite or potentially elite QB is available in 2013).
Draft at least one RB, Two WR's, one TE and one O-Lineman.
2013 Offense then would look like:
QB -- McElroy/DraftPick/UDFA
RB -- Draft Pick, Powell, McKnight
WR -- Holmes, Edwards, Hill, Kerley, Draft Pick, Draft Pick
TE -- Cumberland, Reuland, Draft Pick
O-Line -- Same as Today, with a new Draft Pick working behind the Weakest Link. Vlad Cut.
Primary resigning and FA needs (if possible) would be Safety, and Linebacker. The Defense must take the hit (I think it can) to help the Offense get closer to competativeness.
This gives you youth at QB, WR, RB and a solid O-line. The D is very young on the Line, and very very good at CB. IF Safety can be retained, we're good there, and Linebacker becomes our biggest and hardest to fill weakness.
So there you go, the Warfish Plan.
DEMISE OF THE JET QB, WHO SHOWED EARLY PROMISE
=In 2010, Sanchez played better, particularly during a November stretch when he led the team to three game-tying or game-winning drives. He clicked with receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes and the Jets again made it to the brink of the Super Bowl before losing to the Steelers.
Then everything went south.
Looking back, some people with the Jets believe things came too easily for Sanchez in those first two years. He did not appreciate how difficult it is to get to the conference title game. Sanchez was largely along for the ride in those first two years as the team was carried by its running attack and defense.
Even though the Jets barely made the playoffs each of those years, people around the Jets began to sense an overconfidence in Sanchez.
THE SLIDE BEGINS
The team let Edwards leave as a free agent before the 2011 season and then released Jerricho Cotchery, a steady force at receiver. They signed Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason and decided to turn the offense over to Sanchez.
The new parts didn’t mesh, and the Jets scrapped the offense four weeks into the season.
“I think part of the problem is the constant change at the skill position,” Woody said. “I also think the culture that Rex Ryan instills in the building being so one side of the ball, not much emphasis on offense and development, hurts him.