Jets have a lot of company

The New York Post had a headline today – “Chase Daniel visits Jets in increasingly desperate QB hunt.”

I’m not sure the situation is “increasingly desperate.”

What has changed from a few weeks ago?

They are looking at guys like Josh McCown, Jay Cutler, Daniel and perhaps Cincinnati’ A.J. McCarron (in a trade).

That hasn’t changed. They are bringing guys in for visits and evaluating their options.

And honestly, about half the league is the same boat, the same “desperate QB hunt.” There is a dearth of elite quarterbacks in the NFL, and the first round of the draft hasn’t been that helpful.

“From ’07 through ’14, there have been 21 first-round quarterbacks,”’s Mike Mayock said. “Out of that group, there are either four or five franchise quarterbacks. There’s Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and if you want to put Joe Flacco in there.

“After that, there are nine first-round kids not even in the league anymore. Then, as far as starting quarterbacks go, you’ve got Bortles, Tannehill, Bradford, and Flacco. Again, depending on what category you want Flacco in. Then there are four back-ups, or Teddy Bridgewater, who has been hurt, E.J. Manuel, RG3, and Mark Sanchez. So it gives you a pretty good feel for the hit rate of franchise quarterbacks in the first round. So, the numbers aren’t real good. The four franchise guys out of 21, five, if you include Flacco, you’re looking at about a 20% chance of drafting a franchise quarterback for the first-round pick.”

There have been a few elite quarterbacks landed outside the first round like Russell Wilson and perhaps Kirk Cousins.

But the bottom line is the Jets have plenty of company in their QB quandary.

They will sign a veteran QB, continue to develop their youngsters, perhaps draft another one, and try to reach the QB brass ring at some point.

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