The New York Jets hold the longest active playoff drought in the NFL with 12 years! The Jets made their last playoff appearance back in the 2010 AFC Championship game when Mark Sanchez was the quarterback. Since then, the Jets haven’t seen the inside of the postseason, which begs the question of where they are really going wrong.
The Jets have a great team and both Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year are from New York in Garrett Wilson and Sauce Gardner, respectively. The team lacks strength and character at the most crucial position in the sport — quarterback.
Zach Wilson has proven he isn’t the guy for the Jets after he failed to deliver for another season. His failure to not accept his shortcomings and blaming the team for the loss, Wilson was demoted to third-string quarterback in 2022. Many Jets players were angered and did not want him under center. With the franchise looking for a quarterback, looks like Wilson might become one of the biggest busts in the league.
There were reports that the Jets are looking to sign veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but many Hall of Famers and analysts believe that this move will hurt the team even more than signing Wilson. Most of the experts and even fans around the league feel that Rodgers’ attitude will be detrimental to the Jets locker room and that the 4x NFL MVP won’t be able to handle the media pressure of playing for a New York-based team.
The Jets are also looking into veteran quarterbacks Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Daniel Jones. One player that the Jets are reportedly looking into that caught everyone’s attention was Geno Smith. That’s right! As reported by BroBible, the Jets are trying to get resign Geno Smith who started his career off with them. After hearing this, Smith is probably wondering, ‘You couldn’t live with your own failure and where did that bring you, right back to me!’
Geno Smith was drafted by the Jets in the second round in 2013. After struggling to find his momentum as a starter, Smith was benched in favor of journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. He then spent one year each as a backup with the Giants and the Chargers before he signed with the Seahawks in 2019. Smith remained a backup until the Seahawks traded perennial Pro Bowler Russell Wilson to Denver. He took up the starting job in 2022 and boy, did he show everyone what he was made of.
Smith completely went off and led the Seahawks to a 9-8 season with a playoff appearance. He was awarded the 2022 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and was nominated for the Pro Bowl. Seeing his amazing potential, the Jets now want him back. However, it won’t be an easy steal for them since the Seahawks are expected to resign Smith.
Let’s see if Geno Smith writes them back or not! The Jets are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback to pull them out of the ditch they are stuck in for the past 12 years. It’ll be interesting to see which signal-caller dons the green and white jersey and lead them in 2023.
Yash Karandekar is an NFL author at FirstSportz. He fell in love with the sport since his early days and has been an ardent follower ever since. He is a proud Buffalo Bills fan when he isn't busy being totally amazed by everything Tom Brady does. A final year undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering, he is eagerly waiting for Brady to claim his 8th Super Bowl and further cement his legacy. Yash loves watching reruns of previous Super Bowls in addition to watching thriller movies and series and is a total history nerd.
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