The New York Jets are not in a position to be selective when it comes to addressing the quarterback position.
There were high hopes for Mark Sanchez when the Jets traded up to the fifth spot in the 2009 NFL Draft. Sanchez wowed Jets management with his Rose Bowl blowout of the Penn State Nittany Lions. It was also that charisma that made this former USC Trojan the right choice in the minds of Woody Johnson, Rex Ryan, and then General Manager Mike Tannembaum.
There was a great start with consecutive trips to the AFC Championship Game. Suddenly, Sanchez regressed with 50 turnovers over the past two seasons. Now there is a need to find competition for this player, who has seemingly lost his confidence. Sanchez will have to fight to keep his job in 2013.
A natural fit for New York would be Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. He was a third round pick by the Eagles in 2012 and worked with new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg in Philadelphia.
The former Arizona Wildcat standout had mixed results, including a two interception showing in his first against the Dallas Cowboys. There was a flash of brilliance in a come-from-behind victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foles showed a strong arm and good pocket presence.
Earlier speculation was shot down with sources stating that the Jets were not pursuing the young signal caller “at this point”. While he may not be a fit for new Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense, he is much better suited for a West Coast scheme. He also stands at 6’6″, which makes him the prototypical pocket passer.
New York has worked out David Garrard and spoke to Brady Quinn. These men do not provide a solution. However, Foles is an intriguing talent. If John Idzik wants to make a move, it may cost a second round pick. New York should pay the price to show they are serious about competing. A quarterback could still come via the NFL Draft, but Foles could potentially be a quality starter for the Jets from week one.