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Don't cry for the Jets-----yet

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I found it amusing that an online commentator suggested that the Jets would try to sign Rex Grossman to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick, rather than give rookie Bryce Petty (out of Baylor), a shot, with Geno Smith gone until October due to a broken jaw.

What is it with some of these alleged geniuses throwing shade on the Jets before the first pre-season game??

Grossman hasn't played in, what, nearly 4 years? He was schizophrenic, based on the comments from sportswriters who covered him in Chicago and Washington. One good game, followed by 2-3 bad ones in a row. And would he be comfortable competing with another Baylor QB in training camp? You do know that Petty took over at Baylor after Robert Griffin III graduated, right? The Jets are better off giving Michael Vick another chance, before Rex Ryan scoops him up and brings him to Buffalo.

The AFC East figures to be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL this year, especially with all the moves Ryan and the Pegulas made in Buffalo. However, if recent history is any barometer, either in the NFL or MLB, breaking the bank to upgrade the team doesn't guarantee instant success. The Bills, Dolphins, & Jets all made moves designed to break New England's stranglehold on the division title, but the Jets, the Keystone Kops of the division, if you will, have every move microanalyzed because they play in the biggest media center in the league. Some folks are snickering that Smith's injury is a boon for "Gang Green", and, maybe, it will be. He was thrust into the starting role too quickly, due largely to Mark Sanchez going on IR 2 years ago in the preseason. Now, he'll have to carry a clipboard while he recovers.

I'm already penciling the Jets in to finish out of the playoff picture----again, but won't make a final decision until I see them play a preseason game. I just see Buffalo & Miami having the best chance to unseat New England, if at all possible. That being said, I'd rather they give Petty a chance to prove himself. We've seen him light up the scoreboard in college, playing in one of the toughest leagues in the NCAA. Of course, some said the same thing about Geno Smith 2 years ago coming out of West Virginia. Smith was rushed, and struggled.

Bottom line: The Jets don't need another quarterback. Petty & Fitzpatrick should be enough. For now.
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  1. rocketman818's Avatar
    I don't think anyone can really cry about the Jets. Too busy laughing at them but anyway I actually think the jets would be making the right decision in bringing in another QB to backup Fitzpatrick. HobbyFan you contradict your self when you say Geno smith was rushed but you want to turn around and basically do the same to Petty. Give the kid a chance to develop slowly. Although I still believe the cream rises to the top. You either have it or you don't. You could throw Petty out there and he could be fine or he could get rattled badly and you just set yourself back even more. Troy Aikman was the Number 1 overall pick and finished his first season 0-11 as a starter. But QB's drafted that high are expected to start. Not QB's drafted where Petty was.
  2. hobbyfan's Avatar
    I'm not saying Petty should start. Fitzpatrick will have that job 'til Geno returns. Petty will learn from the bench. All I'm saying is that the Jets don't need to have another QB. They have a 2nd rookie who was a free agent in camp, so they've got the three for now, and if one of the rookies, be it Petty or the other fella, doesn't make the opening day roster, then you look at a Michael Vick or a Jordan Palmer. Grossman? Fuhgeddaboutit.
  3. Smeagol's Avatar
    Not a Jets fan, but I liked the Petty pick (no pun intended). I think he would be better served spending this year watching and learning. Bringing in a veteran to backup Fitzpatrick is the proper move. I haven't heard Grossman's name as a possible addition, but I wouldn't be shocked if he was added, since he has experience and would most likely be able to learn the playbook pretty fast. Obviously no one wants him to actually play. As far as Vick goes, that ship has already sailed. Someone might sign him, but it won't be the Jets. I still can't believe New England signed Ryan Lindley, who is absolutely horrible, so I doubt whoever the Jets sign will top that one. Maybe if it's Jared Lorenzen!:-)
  4. hobbyfan's Avatar
    Ha. When was the last time Lorenzen played? Last decade, with the Giants?

    Let's see. Tebow was lured to Philadelphia, probably won't last there. The Jets will check the waiver wires as the preseason progresses. Let's see how Fitzpatrick fares these next four weeks before we start worrying.