The quarterback saga for the New York Jets continues to take more twists and turns than any soap opera. They have now decided to add former Cleveland Browns first round pick (and first round bust) Brady Quinn to the mix, cutting the just-signed Graham Harrell in the process. This move makes absolutely zero sense, and it is yet another sign that John Idzik and Rex Ryan have no clue what they are doing at the quarterback position.
Quinn was a complete disaster in Cleveland, and he was cut after three years. He then sat on the Denver Broncos‘ bench for two years, before reappearing as a starter with the Kansas City Chiefs and showing no improvement from his time with the Browns. Quinn was in camp with the Seattle Seahawks this season, but they cut him as well.
The Jets see Quinn as a potential mentor to rookie Geno Smith. However, the idea of a draft bust mentoring your potential quarterback of the future doesn’t make any sense. Quinn is a career 53.8 percent passer who has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. Not exactly who Jet fans want Smith modeling his play after.
Mark Sanchez‘s status is totally up in the air at this point, so that is the major motivation for bringing in Quinn. However, in the hypothetical scenario that the Jets are forced to put Sanchez on injured reserve and the Smith gets hurt, they would be much better served to play Matt Simms and see if he can produce as opposed to playing a veteran like Quinn who has no chance of being the QB of the future.
The Jets could also cut Sanchez, but the cap hit would be enormous and that would be an incredibly short-sighted decision. If the Jets are this intent on having four quarterbacks on the roster, they should have done the simple thing and kept Greg McElroy.
The Jets continue to botch the handling of their quarterback situation in every way imaginable, and the signing of Quinn is just the latest in a long line of mistakes. Idzik and Ryan have no idea what to do at the most important position on the team, and that will be the biggest reason the Jets have a losing season.