Posted September 02, 2013

As the Jets’ QBs turn: Brady Quinn signs in New York

AFC East, New York Jets
Brady Quinn went 22-for-38 in three games with the Seahawks this preseason.

Brady Quinn went 22-for-38 in three games with the Seahawks this preseason. (Ric Tapia/Icon SMI)

Leave it to the Jets to turn their rather meaningless competition at No. 4 QB into a confusing, intriguing adventure. The Jets announced Monday that they had signed Brady Quinn, most recently seen competing for and losing Seattle’s backup quarterback job to Tarvaris Jackson. That move meant the end of the line for Graham Harrell, whom the Jets added to their roster all of five days ago.

Quinn’s stay could be a short one, too — the Jets would seem to have needs elsewhere on their roster, and Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and Matt Simms currently hold the top three QB spots on the depth chart. Simms took down Greg McElroy for the third slot with an impressive preseason, which included a 33-for-44 showing against the Eagles last week.

Meanwhile, Quinn turned in a decent preseason of his own, finishing 22-for-38 with a pair of touchdown passes and no interceptions. But the Seahawks opted to roll with two quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Jackson.

Why the Jets would want to double that number of quarterbacks is somewhat unclear, though Mark Sanchez’s shoulder injury may be severe enough to warrant an extra body. Sanchez does not appear as if he’ll be ready for Week 1, according to multiple reports, and his absence could extend beyond that.

Of course, that Sanchez injury — caused by a fourth-quarter hit in a preseason game — could be somewhat of a blessing in disguise for the New York brass. With the oft-criticized veteran likely out for Week 1, Rex Ryan can turn the offense over to Geno Smith without hesitation.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported over the weekend that more and more people in the Jets’ organization were leaning Smith’s direction anyway. “The Daily News has learned that Ryan, Idzik and much of the team’s key decision-makers are on board with moving on from Mark Sanchez,” Mehta wrote. “Despite Sanchez’s sharp practices, the brain trust simply doesn’t fully trust the fifth-year veteran and have grown tired of his repeated red-zone mistakes, according to sources.”

That echoed a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who revealed that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s “vote is for Geno Smith” in the QB race.

“When we feel good about it, we’ll make that decision,” Ryan said Friday of when he will make a decision at QB. “Certainly we haven’t put a timetable on it as far as naming a starting quarterback. When we feel good about that decision as an organization, we’ll make it.”

Though Sanchez’s injury may prove to be a deciding factor, Smith played only two of the team’s four preseason games. He sat out Week 2 after injuring his ankle in the opener against Detroit, then was held out last Thursday so as to not jeopardize his health with Sanchez ailing.

The Jets’ insistence on keeping a fourth QB around may imply lingering concerns over Sanchez’s timetable for getting back on the field. Regardless of the reasoning, Quinn’s addition simply adds another wrench to an increasingly unsettled situation.

32 comments
Alan H
Alan H

Can't beilieve people are getting so worked about any teams 4th string QB.  They guy will probably never take a snap!!

Ciscos
Ciscos

I'm still trying to stop laughing at the fact the Jets released McElroy and turned around and signed Brady Quinn.  I'm at a point now where I'm wondering if Woody Johnson has given his new GM the Carte Blanche card and this joker is trying to buy his way onto David Letterman's show.  Bad enough Woody is clueless, but so far this GM is even "dorkier"...  Quinn over McElroy??  ROFL LMAO... when does this Broadway show end... 

C-Diddy
C-Diddy

Did they really cut McElroy?  What a dumb move.  He may not be a starter but he's an outstanding backup and not expensive.  Are the Jets TRYING to lose?

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Wow...

The Jets -from top to bottom- seem determined to be a very bad comedy-drama rather than a professional franchise. I don't particularly mind...I love a good train wreck.


geoAZ
geoAZ

When the "answer" is Brady Quinn, you're asking the wrong question !!

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Just when you thought it couldn't get an stranger.

Nine Vegetable
Nine Vegetable

Honestly, I believe that if they had cut Sanchez and Smith and kept Harrell and McElroy, they'd be in a better position at QB than they are now.


Really - Smith is going to absolutely suck.  And Quinn?  Really?

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

They should have signed Vince Young over Quinn, now i know some are indirectly black balling Vince for what reason i don't know maybe Fisher has the answers

j7apple
j7apple

Quinn has gone 4-16 in 20 career starts, holds a 53.9 completion percentage and has a 12:17 TD-to-INT ratio.

Agent for Quinn, you deserve  every penny you get for keeping this QB employed

me1
me1

I come here only to laugh at the Jets and their Coach...and the great thing is the have NEVER let me down. Thanks NY...that's why we love ya so...

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

The Jets organization are clueless 4 QB's and not a starter between them 

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

"EX" Packer Harrell should be an actor as they say......he's heard "CUT!!" so often the past week.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Just released by Rex: "we are happy to welcome back Tim Tebow to the fold.  He will push our other 15+ QB's better in practice. Plus he has great feet."

pulcrit1
pulcrit1

Just when I thought the Jets couldn't be any more ridiculous . . .Truth really is stranger than fiction.

Alan H
Alan H

@Ciscos McElroy really showed nothing when given the opportunity.  A few seasons ago he has a brilliant preseason and Jet fans were convinced he was the real deal.  But when his chance came, you saw a quarterback with a weak arm and mediocre peripherals.  Quinn is an upgrade, but he'll be gone in a couple of weeks anyway.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@Ciscos Seriously?  McElroy started in ONE game.  ONE!  And he wasn't even all that good!  The guy throws like my sister.  At least Quinn has starting experience and an average arm.  I'd rather have Quinn as my #3 than McElroy any day. 

Alan H
Alan H

@C-Diddy You're talking about the 4th string quarterback here, not Tom Brady!

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@C-Diddy Oh yeah...they are TRYING to lose.  Because the third string QB really has that much effect on the team's success this year.  Brilliant analysis.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

@C-Diddy 

I would have to say yes. Lose many games, then send in the Clowney...as the first pick in the draft.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@C-Diddy ~ No kidding!  The Jets right now are the DUMBEST franchise in the NFL. That makes absolutely no phreaken sense. McElroy is way better than Quinn and cost effective. Even more, McElroy knew their offense.  Unreal for real.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@geoAZ Answer to what?  Which guy holds the clipboard for the backup???  He's a THIRD STRING QB!!!

Alan H
Alan H

@Nine Vegetable It's funny, but as a Jets fan, when we've had to start anyone besides Sanchez over the last few years, you couldn't wait to get the guy back.  He has strong leadership abilities and the players like and respect him.  His first 2 years, when he was surrounded by and excellent front line and some very good RB's and WR's, he twice brought us a game short of the Super Bowl.  Then they tore the team apart and Sanchez's many fumble and interceptions turned him into a media joke.  He'll never be a star QB, but surrounded by decent talent he can be adequate which is more than 1/2 the teams in the league can say about their QB.  As long as the Jets continue to insist on  putting poor fits in front of him and in the key offensive positions, he will never thrive.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@Nine Vegetable Have you seen Harrell play?  I live in Wisconsin and I have.  He's not NFL-caliber material.  Nice, smart guy, but weak arm and slow on his delivery. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Alan H~ I agree on it all. However, sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don't.  McElroy got bonus points from me because he knows the offense and his limitations in it.  Quinn knows neither.  But like you said, he'll probably be gone soon anyway. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

@struckanerve9~ It's not like McElroy was going to be playing, but at least he knew the offense and even with an average arm knew his limitations.  Quinn has yet to figure out what his strengths are - much less his weaknesses. 

Nine Vegetable
Nine Vegetable

@DanaBunner @Nine Vegetable Not so much in the pros, No, I have to admit.  Thought he was really good in college.  Still - Sanchez is absolutely horrible, and Geno Smith has been very mediocre and carries baggage.  You'd have to be pretty bad to be worse than either one of those guys.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@Ciscos @struckanerve9 McElroy has maybe a few months more experience in Morhninweg's offense than Quinn.  That's it.  It's a whole new system from last year.  He's also been hampered by injuries that whole time.  Quinn will have plenty of time to learn "Marty Ball" while he sits the bench.  Again, would much prefer Quinn, who is healthy, than McElroy who sprains his ankle in a strong breeze.