Aaron Rodgers suffered an injury on the fourth play of the Jets first series on Monday Night Football against the Bills last night. It hasn't been confirmed yet but it sounds like the injury will be a season ending injury for him and a tough one to come back from. Backup quarterback Zach Wilson stepped in and led the Jets to an unlikely victory against the Bills last night but he likely won't be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets for the rest of the 2023 season. Let's take a look at the options for who will be the Jets next Quarterback.
Jets QB Options
Nick Foles was listed as the betting favorite at 3-1 odds when the lines were briefly released before being taken down. Foles has a connection to Jets General Manger Joe Douglas who worked for the Eagles when Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory. Nick Foles also said he wasn't sure what his future holds but he's, "not officially retired." Foles only played 3 games for the Colts in 2022 and threw 4 interceptions and no touchdown passes.
Another guy who has connections to Jets General Manager Joe Douglas from his time with the Eagles. There were plenty of memes of Carson Wentz circulating during Training Camp of a guy getting some work in with an Eagles helmet, Commanders jersey, and Colts shorts. Wentz played 8 games for the Commanders last season throwing 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. The former #2 overall pick is a free agent and he has shown that he can play at a high level in this league.
Well well well, could the Jets call up Flacco and bring him back after he's played for them the last three seasons? Flacco recently told ESPN that he has no plans to retire. This seems like a fit that would make sense for the Jets because Flacco is familiar with the system. His stats haven't been eye popping the last few years but he may not need to be great, just good enough with how strong this Jets defense is. Flacco is a proven vet with a lot of playoff experience, 10-5 in his career.
What a plot twist this would be. Brady just had his Patriot Nation Thank You Tom Appreciation game on Sunday where he addressed the crowd in a very emotional ceremony where he stated he will be a Patriot for life. A day later, Rodgers goes down and a perfect opportunity has come up for him to go play more meaningful football. The Jets would move right to the top of the Super Bowl favorites if they are able to entice Brady to come out of retirement which he said was "for real" on his Instagram earlier this year.
Matt Ryan started his broadcasting career on Sunday and his partner threw him right into the fire with a 28-3 reference. Matt Ryan is another long shot option for the Jets but he's a guy who has great experience with a 65% career completion percentage and 62,000+ career passing yards. You'd have to think he would be open to the idea if the Jets gave him a call because it would give him a chance at winning a Super Bowl which he's never done in his career.
Other QB Options for the Jets
Jets Super Bowl Odds
The Jets went into last night's game with 16-1 odds to win the Super Bowl but they have been adjusted to 35-1 following the Aaron Rodgers injury that is likely season ending. The Jets next quarterback will be a major factor in their Super Bowl chances.