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

Final Conclusion

As a fan, remember one very important aspect to this game of NFL football: You don’t know anything.

Moreover, the suits who call themselves general managers don’t know as much as you believe they do.

Did you think Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots knew what Tom Brady was when they drafted him in the sixth-round all the way back in 2000? Of course not. Nobody knew.

If they knew he would ultimately become arguably the best who’s ever played the position, he would have gone with the first pick. The Pats simply selected a guy they saw upside in and believed in.

Think of the drafting of Christian Hackenberg as nothing more than that. Maccagnan likes the kid. He sees value in him in the second round and is banking on the fact he struggled through terrible circumstances at Happy Valley.

Does he think he’s the Jets future?

He honestly has no idea.

The same can be said for fourth-round draft pick Bryce Petty. While the Jets proclaim their love for Petty, that love doesn’t signal the second-year Baylor product will be a 10-year starter.

These NFL general managers don’t have magic balls in which they have the ability to plan out the next decade.

What they do is simply collect the best talent under a strict salary cap and allow the coaching staff to develop this talent.

Much like you and I, Maccagnan won’t know if Petty and/or Hackenberg can be a franchise QB of an NFL franchise for quite some time.

In this league, unless you have a franchise quarterback, you’re constantly doing everything in your power to obtain one. If this means drafting one every single season until one finally pans out, you do it.

Mikey Mac is collecting talent and hoping something sticks to the wall. Whether or not Hackenberg and/or Petty will is anybody’s best guess.

One thing’s for sure: The Jets cannot and will not enter 2016 without Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the team.

Unless something seriously unforeseen happens, Fitz will be back and the two youngsters will be holding the clipboard.


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