By Brad Carroll
The New York Jets desperately need a franchise quarterback and the only way to get one is through the NFL Draft. That means the Jets have to lose the rest of their games this season to be in position to take either Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota or Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. No Jets fan wants to root for their team to lose, but we all know that is what's best for the franchise right now.
The Jets can't afford to win games over the second half of the season and still expect to get a potentially great passer, as there are a bunch of other quarterback-needy teams who will challenge the Jets for worst record in the league this season.
Instead of our usual Jets' keys to victory preview story, as there is no benefit to winning anymore, here is a look at what Jets fans should hope to see happen this week on the field. It starts, of course, with a Jets loss at the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jets lose to Chiefs: The Jets are 10-point underdogs, so there is little chance they get the victory. The best case scenario is Michael Vick plays just well enough to keep the starting job this year. That way, Geno Smith doesn't get another opportunity to fool the franchise into believing he could be the answer. Smith's terrible, and if he sits on the bench there will be no remaining questions. Of course, if general manager John Idzik is still around, the Jets could botch the whole thing in the offseason. If the Jets lose, they will drop to 1-8.
Buccaneers beat Browns: With Mike Glennon and Josh McCown as the team's quarterbacks, you know the Buccaneers are going to focus on the position in the NFL draft. Therefore, Tampa Bay is a serious threat to the Jets in that department, as it's even a 7-point underdog at Cleveland Sunday. If the Bucs lose, they will drop to 1-7. The Jets could use a big upset from Tampa Bay.
Rams beat 49ers: St. Louis has Sam Bradford at quarterback, but it seems like he spends more time on injured reserve than he does on the field, so the Rams are another prime candidate to draft a passer. They have a tough matchup at San Francisco Sunday, as 10-point underdogs, but have played the 49ers well in the past. A Rams loss would drop them to 2-6 on the season.
Raiders beat Seahawks: Oakland is the only remaining winless team, at 0-7, and likely will fall to 0-8 at Seattle Sunday. The Raiders are 14-point road underdogs. The Raiders are likely to have the No. 1 overall draft pick, but the question they will have to answer is do they stick with this year's second-round draft pick, current starter Derek Carr, or go with Mariota or Winston. That's a big question the Jets and their fans will be watching over the second half of the season. Obviously, if you're a Jets fan, you have to hope Carr plays well.
The Titans also will be in the hunt to draft a quarterback, but are on a bye week. They are 2-6 this season and have turned to Zach Mettenberger over Jake Locker at quarterback. Unless Mettenberger impresses the rest of the way, the Titans will be in the quarterback market in the draft.
The Jaguars and Falcons are also in the hunt for the top overall pick in the NFL draft, but with Blake Bortles in Jacksonville and Matt Ryan in Atlanta, it would be a major surprise if either team took a quarterback in the first round. So, the Jets shouldn't have to worry about either winning or losing.