Wanted – QB To Save New York Jets Season – Immediate Hire
New York Jets fans went into the 2023 season with the hopes and dreams of, if not possibly going to the Super Bowl for the first time in 54 years, at least going to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. Some of the older Gang Green fans went into the 1999 season with similar 'Super' aspirations.
Quarterback Vinny Testeverde, who led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in '98, crumbled to the ground in the second quarter of the opening game of the 1999 season, rupturing his achilles-tendon. Along with Testeverde, the Jets Super Bowl aspirations went up in smoke. Back-ups Ray Lucas and Rick Mirer led the Jets to an 8-8. Are you beginning to see why Jets' fans are so salty? Now is the time for general manager to take quick and immediate action.
The picture above perfectly describes the Jets chances of winning with back-up quarterback Zach Wilson for the remainder of the season. You can see Wilson is falling to the ground, with his eyes closed, tossing the football. Because the Jets have such a talented receiving corp, this pass was a completion and the 'Wilson led Jets' won the football game on Monday. That good fortune like that is not going to happen all season. Zach Wilson panicked in the pocket for the entire game and was fortunate to have an amazing defense that kept the Jets in the game. Douglas needs a PLAN B now!
Quality free agent quarterbacks are scarce in early September. 30-year old Carson Wentz is available. Wentz was fine for Indianapolis in 2021. But the Colts didn't want him back and traded him to Washington for 2022. Then Commanders benched him in favor of Taylor Heinicke after only 7 starts. 38-year old Matt Ryan is a lifetime 124-109, mostly with Atlanta and last season with the Colts. Ryan knows how to win and can operate an offense effectively. Most importantly, at 6'-4" tall, Ryan can see over the offensive line, unlike Zach Wilson. Does Matt Ryan have flaws? Absolutely but either Wentz or Ryan would be an improvement over Wilson.
Woody Johnson bought the New York Jets after the 1999 season. Johnson saw the mistake that team made by trying to win a Super Bowl with than adequate quarterbacks. Zach Wilson isn't a mystery anymore. He's not very good. Wilson will have to face the menacing Dallas Cowboys defense this week. Jets' fans had better hope that Matt Ryan is holding a clip-board, preparing himself to take over in week 3.