After watching the edge-of-your-seat ending to yesterday's Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl (how great was that?), I'm turning my attention back to the Jets.
With all of the other pieces seemingly falling into place, the Jets have one glaring issue: Quarterback. Brett Favre-watch is in full swing and stories are flying around from every direction. Personally, I would be very surprised to see Favre return, therefore the team has a lot of work to do.
The organization does not see Kellen Clemens or Brett Ratliff as the answer, especially given the fact that the rest of the team is in good shape and ready to go. They are not going to have the time or patience to see if either of those two guys can fully take the reins. Clemens had his shot in '08 and disappointed.
Clemens is a great guy with a great arm, but his accuracy has always been a problem and he still gets happy feet in the pocket.
Ratliff is basically untested. He showed some good things during the pre-season, but he was playing against other back-ups so it is very difficult to assess how he would be leading a team and the Jets don't have time to see how that goes.
The scary part is that there aren't a whole lot of quarterbacks available:
Kurt Warner? Doubtful as I would think the Jets want somebody who may stick around for a while and I would think the Cardinals will keep him.
Kerry Collins? Probably not. The Titans probably want to hang on to him.
Matt Cassel? No way the Patriots let that happen.
Jeff Garcia? He's 39.
Kyle Boller? Rex Ryan knows him from the Ravens but he seems more in the Kellen Clemens category than a true starter.
The rest of the potential list seems to fit the bill even less, Charlie Batch, Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman (be interesting to see which one goes and which one stays with the Bears between thsoe two), Patrick Ramsey (has already made a stop with the Jets), Luke McCown and JT O'Sullivan.
Stay tuned. If I hear anything, I'll certainly let you know.