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Could New York Jets prefer other QB options to Derek Carr?

With the New York Jets being closely linked to Aaron Rodgers, there’s been a mantra of “Rodgers or Bust” for much of the Jets’ fanbase.

But what happens if the Jets don’t or aren’t able to acquire the 39-year-old signal caller?

ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky believes that if the Jets strike out on Aaron Rodgers, the team could be more willing to target Jimmy Garoppolo or Ryan Tannehill than Derek Carr.

While Orlovsky took a lot of heat for the above tweet, that didn’t stop him from doubling down. Orlovsky explained that he feels the Jets would prefer to go after the “least risky” option, citing their desire to play good defense and run the football under a defensive-minded head coach in Robert Saleh. He thinks Garoppolo and Tannehill fit that bill better than Carr.

To me, the reasoning is correct, but the outcome is less than ideal.

I agree that it’s likely Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas lose their jobs if the team underperforms, but I don’t think Garoppolo or Tannehill are good routes for the Jets to take, for the reasons highlighted by our own Michael Nania.

One thing is for certain, however. If the Jets miss out on both Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr, there are going to be plenty of unhappy Jets fans.

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Thomas Christopher has been covering the Jets since 2018. He is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]yahoo.com
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7 months ago

PLEASE stop assuming it’s “playoffs or bust” for Joe D and Saleh. They are the best thing to happen at 1JD in decades. Constant turnover at the top is what has kept us from sustained success. Let them work! Decisions should be made for long-term success not b/c the media has created a narrative that doesn’t exist.
The QB situation will play out as it does, it will not be from Joe D not doing his level best to fix it. The GM cannot make decisions for FA’s.

Jonathan Richter
Jonathan Richter
7 months ago

From a football standpoint I don’t have a problem with Garoppolo, but I am concerned about how many games he will actually play.