Lockout analysis: Quarterback


Starting Tuesday, ESPNNewYork.com will provide a daily breakdown on how the lockout is affecting the individual position groups.

Position: Quarterback

Depth chart: Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunell, Greg McElroy (R), Kevin O'Connell, Kellen Clemens, Drew Willy.

Not under contract: Clemens.

Player hurt most by the lockout: Clemens.

Player with most to gain: Brunell.

Analysis: It was close between Clemens and Sanchez in the "hurt most" category, but we decided to go with Clemens because the lockout could very well cost him a job. His time with the Jets appears over, but it will be hard for Clemens -- and all quarterbacks in his situation -- to catch on with another team because he won't have much time at all to learn a new system and get acclimated in a new offense. For those reasons, teams probably will be reluctant to have turnover at the quarterback position. Interestingly, Clemens was the only veteran quarterback who didn't attend Sanchez's recent "Jets West" camp.

Sanchez, too, could be affected negatively, but for different reasons. Instead of daily classroom time with the coaches, which proved invaluable last offseason, he's studying and working out on his own. Before the lockout, he received video cut-ups from the coaches to study at home. Sanchez is a diligent worker, always looking for ways to get better, but it's hard to replace coach supervision. Brunell's value has increased. Because of his experience, familiarity with the system and close relationship with Sanchez, his steady hand could be critical in a quick start-up.