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New York Jets: A Fan’s Guide To An ‘Interesting’ 2016 Quarterback Situation

Michael Conroy, AP
Michael Conroy, AP

Not since Joe Namath have the New York Jets had a franchise quarterback. So, naturally, fans of Gang Green might need a guide to get through.

By Robby Sabo

“Bryce Petty is the Future.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a choke artist.”

Geno Smith just needs a chance with real weapons around him.”


This is just a small sample of some of the many declarations that come from the mouth of the New York Jets fan on a daily basis. These statements are said loudly and, usually, quite boldly.

It’s all banter proclaimed about the Jets quarterback situation – one that’s been a situation for over four decades now.

Not since No. 12 – Joe Namath – has this organization felt what it’s like to employ a franchise quarterback. And this leaves the fan starving for one. They crave that one guy. They ache for that one knight in shining armor who can bring the organization its second Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Now, more than ever, they should crave possessing that guy.

With NFL rules and guidelines heavily skewing the game towards scoring, the man who touches the behind of the center rules the roost. Guys, and only guys with names such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Joe Flacco, win Super Bowls these days.

Suddenly, thanks to the 51st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Jets fans have the opportunity to spew more garbage from their mouths:

“Christian Hackenberg is our savior.”


With the addition of the Penn State product, New York’s quarterback situation is as foggy as ever.

Don’t fret, though. We’ll use this very small space of the internet to go through each QB candidate for the Jets in 2016 and wrap it up with one final conclusion at the end.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com