The New York Jets' preseason buzz and high hopes came crashing down in a mere four offensive plays as the regular season kicked off on Monday Night Football for Gang Green.
After spending the whole winter and spring trying to convince former Green Bay Packers legendary quarterback Aaron Rodgers to leave Wisconsin and live in NYC, the Jets secured the services of the soon-to-be 40-year-old later signing him to this and next season.
Then, on Monday, a devastating Achilles injury abruptly shattered the team's Super Bowl aspirations before they could even take flight under Robert Saleh's leadership.
Now the franchise's present and future are looking even worse than they've done for the past 60 years, Saleh could get fired any minute, and Rodgers might never play football again.
The New York Jets are exploring options to fix their quarterback room
With Rodgers out for the entire season, speculation ran rampant about who could step into the quarterback role. The most immediate contender is Zach Wilson, the Jets' young talent and a former second-overall draft pick, who will be given the first opportunity to lead the team.
Saleh confirmed Wilson as the QB1 of the Jets going forward, but that sounded more like "We have no more options, so what can we do?" rather than "We trust him to lead the team to the promised land."
While the Jets express confidence in Wilson, their pursuit of Rodgers indicates a desire for a veteran presence if Wilson doesn't meet expectations. Some free-agent market and trade possibilities have surfaced, with players like Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan popping up and making the rounds, and other long-shot candidates such as Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton also being discussed.
The Jets' phone lines are open to potential trade talks, too, and some scenarios might involve Baltimore Ravens backup QB Tyler Huntley.
Gilbert Manzano of Sports Illustrated mentioned Huntley in a recent column, writing "If the Ravens have soured on their Pro Bowl quarterback—in case you forgot, Huntley surprisingly made the Pro Bowl last season—maybe they’ll consider trading him to the Jets."
The pundit reasoned that Josh Johnson edged Huntley to the QB2 role, and also mentioned the fact that Baltimore has kept Huntley out as he recovers from his hamstring injury.
Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic also considered Huntley as a potential option for the Jets. "[Huntley] made the Pro Bowl last year [and] he’s a dual threat, which might be needed if the Jets’ offensive line keeps playing like it did in Week 1."
Rosenblatt mocked the fact that Huntley made the Pro Bowl, mind you, saying that was just because of "a flaw in the voting after he threw two touchdowns and three interceptions."
The Jets might need a quarterback, but they won't find one in Baltimore. The Ravens recently released QB Anthony Brown, Huntley is a bit banged up, and Josh Johnson is a bit old to trust for more than a couple of starts if absolutely needed.
Consider this a no-story, whether you're a fan of Gang Green or a member of the Ravens Flock.