New York Jets: Drew Stanton

A wild ride: Nine QBs in 18 months

September, 3, 2013
Does the Jets' quarterback situation make your head spin? Welcome to the club.

The last 18 months have been like a ride on the Coney Island Cyclone. We're talking about nine quarterbacks, three free-agent signings, three cuts, two trades, one draft pick, one retirement and one contract extension. Pop a dramamine, and relive the madness:


March 12, 2012: The Jets profess their faith in Mark Sanchez, rewarding a mediocre season with a three-year contract extension -- a total package of five years, $58 million.

March 16: They sign former Lions backup Drew Stanton to serve as Sanchez's primary backup, giving him a $500,000 signing bonus.

March 22: Stunning the NFL, the Jets trade for Tim Tebow and name him the No. 2 backup. Hello, quarterback controversy. Stanton immediately requests his release.

March 24: Stanton is traded to the Colts. He makes a half-million bucks for a week of doing nothing.

2012 season: Pick a day, any day. Dysfunction reigns throughout the season.


March 12, 2013: On the one-year anniversary of their commitment to Sanchez, the Jets sign veteran David Garrard to compete with Sanchez for the starting job. Team officials are blown away by his workout, downplaying (or ignoring) his chronic knee condition. Privately, they say he has a good chance to win the job.

April 27: They draft Geno Smith in the second round, changing the landscape of the position. Idzik, with a straight face, calls it an open competition with six QBs -- Smith, Sanchez, Tebow, Garrard, Greg McElroy and neophyte Matt Simms.

April 30: After showing up for two weeks of off-season workouts, Tebow finally gets his release -- a foregone conclusion.

May 15: Unable to make it through a month of OTAs, Garrard announces his retirement, citing chronic knee pain -- an unexpected snag in Idzik's grand plan.

Aug. 9: Smith sprains an ankle in his first preseason game. Another snag.

Aug. 24: Sanchez suffers a significant shoulder injury because of Rex Ryan's controversial decision to play him in the fourth quarter behind the second-team line -- yet another snag in the plan. This time, it's a $715,000 mistake. Read on.

Aug. 28: The Jets sign Packers castoff Graham Harrell, giving them five quarterbacks. The depth chart is growing at a time when most teams are cutting down.

Aug. 31: McElroy is waived with an injury. Simms, their best quarterback in the preseason, makes the 53-man roster.

Sept. 1: The Jets quietly fly the well-traveled Brady Quinn into town for a workout.

Sept. 2: With Sanchez expected to miss a few weeks, the Jets sign Quinn to a one-year deal, probably for the $715,000 veteran minimum. Harrell is released. Quinn is expected to open the season as the No. 2 quarterback, essentially filling Tebow's role. That's interesting because Quinn wasn't good enough to beat out Tebow in 2011 with the Broncos.

This can only happen to the Jets.

Notes: Slauson mum on $10K fine

October, 12, 2012
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Matt Slauson did not want to talk about the $10,000 fine the NFL issued him for a season-ending block on Houston linebacker Brian Cushing.

"I'm not discussing anything about the fine," said Slauson, who is appealing the fine.

Cushing suffered a season-ending ACL injury as a result of the hit. He was asked if he thought the hit was illegal.

"Whether it was or it wasn't, I'm not playing for a while," Cushing said, according to the Associated Press. "That's not going to change my opinion on anything. I'm not a guy that's going to look back at the past and see what I could've done differently. I'm going to look into the future and see how I can improve."

Jets coach Rex Ryan also declined to get into specifics when asked about Slauson's fine on Friday.

"I don't really want to get into it," Ryan said. "My big thing is what I've said from Day 1 and I'll stick with it. That's that I know the intent of Matt Slauson was never, never to injure Brian Cushing. It's unfortunate that happened."

The NFL ruled that Slauson performed an illegal peel-back block. It was illegal because it was initiated from the back or side, and those blocks can only be initiated in front of an opponent.

"I feel bad anytime anybody gets fined," Jets center Nick Mangold said. "But he'll got through the appeal process and hopefully it works out well for him."

DREW TOLD TO START? A report in Newsday quoted Colts backup quarterback Drew Stanton on his understanding with the Jets when he was briefly a backup in the pre-Tim Tebow era.

"Had [Mark] Sanchez struggled, they said I'd have a chance to play," Stanton said. "So there was no better opportunity than that, and I was excited about it."

On Friday, Ryan said that wasn't his recollection on what Stanton's arrangement was in New York.

"No, I don't remember that," Ryan said. "I just remember that we were happy to have him. We thought he'd be a good No. 2 quarterback and that's why we signed him originally."

TIME TO HEAL: CB Darrelle Revis is scheduled to have surgery on his torn ACL next Thursday. He will be placed on season-ending IR in order to sign safety Antonio Allen to the roster for Sunday's game, according to a source.

WR Santonio Holmes had surgery on his foot on Wednesday and Ryan said he is expected to be ready for the offseason program. LB Josh Mauga had surgery on Friday to repair an injured pectoral muscle.

ROOM FOR DEBATE: Tebow watched the vice-presidential debate, but he wasn't prepared to weigh in on it when asked on Friday.

"I like learning, listening, trying to understand what everyone is saying," Tebow said. "I try to take in all the facts and listen and try to I guess make a wise choice in it."

FanSpeak: Excited for Tebow?

March, 27, 2012

Did you hear the news? Tim Tebow is excited to be a New York Jet! But are the fans happy to have him?

From NYC is perfect for Mr. (Good) Deeds:

"'Forget South Beach, I'm taking my lack of talent to the Jersey Shore. - Tim Tebow"
- otasan

Ed.'s note -- It worked for the cast of the reality show.

"Let's see ... the Bills destroyed the Tebow-led Broncos last year, as did the Patriots twice. Jets really should not wish for Tebow to win the starting QB job, as his recent performance against the AFC East does not bode well for future success. The Broncos did defeat the Jets and Dolphins last year (barely), however both of those teams missed the playoffs - not exactly a ringing endorsement for entry into Tom Terrific's division. I like the kid personally, but enough about being a "winner" ... let's see him produce when it counts (see the AFC Divisional loss against the patriots). He will be relevant when he produces. I've yet to see it."
- scotts glory

Ed.'s note -- The Broncos last year were first in the NFL in rushing yards and 31st in passing yards. Tebow did not carry that team, the defense and running game did.

"The Jets got what they wanted, to dominate the back page of the NY tabloids. If they want it that bad, they can have them while the Giants win Super Bowls."
- tchaser58

Ed.'s note -- Even though Woody Johnson insists it was not a PR move, it’s what really makes sense. Why do you extend your QB’s contract, say he’s your guy and then pick up Tim Tebow? Good question!

From Giant media turnout greets Tebow:

"Mark My Words: Sanchize gets traded on or before draft day. Miami or Tampa will make them an offer they can't refuse.. Then if you love Tebow so much.. he will be your starting QB."
- klabkebash

Ed.'s note -- What does Miami or Tampa have to offer? Will the Jets have to eat some of that nice contract they gave Mark Sanchez? Hard to see this happening.

From Tebow ready to win over teammates:

"If you honestly think Tebow is here as a backup QB you're an idiot. The Jets have lost faith in Sanchez and so have the fans. The second he screws up and they start losing games this team becomes Tebows; so stop saying its a joke to have a PC for a backup QB because he isn't one. Did you also think Shotty was "expected" to stay in NY too? If so, you don't understand anything about this organization so just don't speak. They lie and dance around questions, everyone with a brain knows exactly whats going to happen, its almost too predictable..."
- derKonig24

Ed.'s note -- He has to outplay Sanchez to get the starting job. Until then, he's the backup.

From Tim Tebow meets New York media:

"They say 3 ringed circus, try no rings."
- Tiger Would1

Ed.'s note -- The Giants have four rings … they just happen to be Super Bowl rings.

"If the Jets get one more "QB" they'll be featured on Hoarders"
- Pain_of_Noles

Ed.'s note -- They got rid of Drew Stanton ... was there an intervention?

"Combined, the Jets now have .75 QB on their roster."
- MarketMaker58

Ed.'s note -- Sadly that 75 percent doesn't include a good throwing arm.

From Facebook:

"Talk all you want, that's pretty much what the Jets do all season. The Giants are still better than the Jets, one player cannot change your whole team into a super bowl contender. BIGBLUE!!!!"
- Andrew Temoltzi

Ed.'s note -- How much can Tebow change the makeup of this team? Use the comments below and let us know what you think. Because, as you can see, we read you loud and clear.