By Daniel Friedman
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Ever since Joe Namath’s last snap as a Jet, the team has had about as many starting quarterbacks as Defense Against the Dark Arts professors at Hogwarts.
It just seems to be a constant revolving door, and following Monday’s announcement that Michael Vick will start against the Chiefs, this season will now mark the next chapter of that saga.
Here are five notable quarterback experiments that went horribly wrong for the Jets:
Browning Nagle (1992)
After being drafted by the Jets in 1991, he took over for Ken O’Brien the following year. It didn’t work out. Let’s just leave it at that.
Neil O’Donnell (1996-1997)
He had built up a fairly impressive resume before signing with the Jets. But O’Donnell’s tenure with the franchise was a disaster, and he was ultimately replaced by Glenn Foley.
Brett Favre (2008)
He came to the Jets with much fanfare and led the team to an 8-3 start. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off after that point.
Mark Sanchez (2009-2012)
His career started out with a great deal of promise, as the Jets went to the AFC Championship Game two years in a row. However, his play worsened over the next few seasons and the team wisely decided to move on.
Geno Smith (2013-present)
He didn’t have much to work with in terms of quality offensive weapons, but he also made a ton of unforced errors. Smith has had trouble fixing the mistakes in his game, and it’s cost the Jets. It’s also cost him the starting role, as Vick will take over in Kansas City.
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