Chad Pennington, Vinny Testaverde, Quincy Carter, Jay Fielder, Brooks Bollinger, Patrick Ramsey, Marques Tuiasosopo, Kliff Kingsburry, Mark Brunell, Kellen Clemens, Brad Smith, Brett Favre... & NOW... Mark Sanchez. The many faces of New York Jets quarterbacks that have donned the green & white since (only) 2004. 13 QB's that have taken at least one snap during a regular'season game for Gang Green, in a 6 year stretch! This means as a Jet fan, you're seeing an average of (over) 2 QB's play football (in some capacity) for your team... every single season. One word... WOW! As a fan, I've been force-fed hearing plug campaign, after plug campaign (from media & fans alike) that this guys the 'Arm' (Testaverde)... the 'Scrambler' (Carter)... the 'Genius' (Pennington)... the 'Stop'Gap' (Fielder)... the 'Insurance-Policy' (Ramsey)...the 'Anomaly' (Bollinger)... the 'Future' (Clemens)... the 'Greatest' (Favre)... and now finally: the 'Franchise' in Sanchez... everytime I read a website, opened a newspaper, listen to talk radio... etc. So pardon me (being as conditioned as I am) to not jump for joy when I heard that the Jets traded their 1st & 2nd Round Draft picks (and current players aswell) for yet another go around at the guy that will be throwing touchdowns (and undoubtedly, a plethora interceptions) for us this season. Over the past 48 hours, I have concluded something as a Jet fan; *Somehow people don't seem to get the Jets recent track-record of QB`Follies. There can be no other explanation, because (yet again) I see/read/hear people (mostly Jet fans) stroke themselves with excitement, over the possibility of yet another quarterback tacking snaps for the Jets, thinking all the while... THIS IS THE ANSWER! (I have found myself making the same mistake) Mark Sanchez is sadly another example of this. We've gone through GM's, players, coaches, (3 since '05) yet this is the position with the most flux, and lack of stability. I wish I went away on vacation from Saturday on! The countless phone calls that I've been getting... watching NFL Network... reading the Post... ESPN... it's just so stupid. Everyone continues to ramble about this guys credentials; "Experts said he could've went 1st overall!" --- "He's the Rose Bowl MVP!" --- "This guy's gonna be a warrior!" ENOUGH!! I don't care about some 22 year old kids collegiate resume, I care about my QB proving he can win games for my football team. (which he has yet to do) As if I haven't heard this song & dance before over, and over, and over again... it get's old for Chr!st sake!
So my message to my fellow Jets fans is pure & simple...Pump your Brakes! I know it's hard (living in the Tri'State Area's Media pit) trying to tune out the hype, but trust me... it'll be worth it in the long run. Keep your expectations to a bare minimum. (and I mean MINIMUM) In fact... hope for the worst! (which includes Ratliff going to Cleveland and becoming Elway ) Even after this season ends, wait and see if he can do it again next year. Who knows, we may still be looking @ Erik Ainge winning this whole QB competition after all is said and done, and when training camp ends. (considering many say he's tight with Rex) Cross your fingers, take a deep breath, and roll the dice. It won't be hard to do, if you've rooted for NYJ as long as I have... trust me.
Go Jets!Go Jets!Go Jets!-Go Jets!
Edited by Beezer34, 15 September 2010 - 09:10 PM.