Jets Would Be Foolish to Pin Quarterback Hopes on Kevin Kolb

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IMarch 14, 2013

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after being sacked during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on October 4, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are apparently intent on just mailing in the 2013 season. There is no other way to look at their 2013 quarterback plan and arrive at any other conclusion. 

The latest evidence of this is their interest, as reported by Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, in Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.

The Jets don't want to trade for Kolb or anything. In fact, according to Cimini, they will only "consider him if the price is right."

Now, I'm not sure what the right price is, but there is a good chance it will be found. Kolb is expected to be released by the Cardinals. 

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passed this along. 

Kolb will certainly get offers from other teams, but he isn't going to break the bank. The guy can't stay healthy, and he is a limited quarterback to begin with. 

He arrived in Arizona prior to the 2011 season and was supposed to bring stability to their quarterback position. He has played in just 15 games the last two seasons while throwing for 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

He did show some improvement last year, but still posted just an 86.1 quarterback rating before ending his season on the IR.

At this point of his career, it seems unlikely that Kolb will ever have a season where sights like this are not commonplace: 

Yet, here are the Jets reportedly contemplating throwing him into their open quarterback competition because this team is apparently committed to the thrift-store bargain bins for quarterbacks. 

They've already inked David Garrard, the 35-year-old who hasn't had game action since 2010, and thrown him into the mix with Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow, who I still believe will eventually be released. 

None of these guys should be considered starting material. Sanchez would have to be considered the favorite, and I'd be hard-pressed to find a single Jets fan that wants him leading this team next season. 

Kolb, who is familiar with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system from their time in Philadelphia, would have a great chance of emerging as the starter. 

However, we are talking about a moderate upgrade for an injury-prone player who has likely hit his ceiling. 

This move wouldn't change any projected win totals for the Jets next season and won't do anything to help solidify their future. The Jets are fooling themselves if they think any differently.