(Sportzedge) — As the New York Jets walked off the field Sunday afternoon officially falling 27-23 to the Dolphins, one thing was clearer than the sky in Miami: this season was over.
As the Jets fell to 3-6 on the season, whatever slim hopes this team had for making the playoffs crashed and burned in what could only be described as same old Jets. Not only did the team only score one touchdown on five trips to the red zone, but after taking a 23-20 lead in fourth somehow managed to be offside on the kickoff and then allow a 96 yard touchdown return on the re-kick.
The time has come for a change. Even though head coach Todd Bowles had announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starter next week, New York needs to use the final seven games to see what they potentially have at quarterback. Instead, the Jets need to start either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg to see if they have their franchise quarterback on the roster, or will need to address the position in the 2017 NFL Draft.
At this point, there’s no reason to start Fitzpatrick whose one-year contract ends at the end of this season and he’s performance in 2016 has been terrible with 8 touchdowns and 13 interceptions after throwing for 31 touchdowns the season before. It’s time to see what the Jets have in their younger quarterbacks especially Bryce Petty.
At 6’3 and 230 pounds, Petty has the size and athleticism to be an NFL quarterback. Taken in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft, Petty basically red-shirted last season learning New York’s offense after coming from the spread offense at Baylor. The Jets have been adamant that Hackenberg will not be ready to play this season, so Petty should get a shot in the offense. This was a quarterback who threw for over 8,000 yards and 62 touchdowns in college.
Another benefit to playing the young quarterbacks is that the Jets need to figure out if they feel the future starting quarterback is on the roster. If the organization feels like they don’t, the good news is that it is highly likely that the Jets will have a top 10 and maybe even a top 5 draft pick in the 2017 Draft that the team could use on a possible franchise quarterback.
Either way two things should be clear for the remainder of this season. The Jets are not making the playoffs, and they need to see if the future starting quarterback is currently on the roster.
Who do you think the Jets should start at quarterback?