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Pat Ryan is the only long term successful backup in my lifetime.  He's the one who actually won the only playoff game in the O'Brien era.  Interestingly enough two of the greatest seasons by Jets QBs came from "backups"- at least they started the season as backups. 1998 Vinny and 2002 Chad.

 

 

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13 hours ago, JetsFanatic said:

Pat Ryan was a valuable # 2 QB. BTW, whenever he played, the offensive line looked so much better.

for a few games in a row i agree.  I do remember that 3 or 4 games in his effectiveness seemed to drop off steeply.

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Does Jeremy Kerley count?

Ooh, that's fun.  Let's look at the highest Jets All-Time Passer Rating list to find some more gems!

  1. RB Curtis Martin (158.3):  2/2, 36 yards, 2 TD
  2. RB Blair Thomas (158.3):  1/1, 16 yards, 1 TD
  3. P Tom Tupa (142.4):  7/12, 174 yards, 2 TD
  4. RB Freeman McNeil (127.1):  1/1, 5 yards, 1 TD
  5. WR/KR Brad Smith (119.6):  4/7, 51 yards, 1 TD
  6. P Ryan Quigley (118.7):  1/1, 38 yards
  7. RB Leon Washington (118.7):  1/1, 36 yards
  8. P Lac Edwards (118.7):  1/1, 31 yards
  9. RB Bilal Powell (118.7):  1/1, 30 yards
  10. RB Bob Gresham (118.7):  1/1, 29 yards
  11. P Brian Hansen (118.7):  1/1, 26 yards
  12. P Dave Jennings (118.7):  1/1, 16 yards
  13. QB Jay Fiedler (113.3):  8/13. 107 yards, 1 TD
  14. KR Josh Cribbs (109.7):  2/3, 38 yards
  15. QB Quincy Carter (98.2, 2-1 W-L):  35/58, 498 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
  16. WR Jeremy Kerley (95.8):  2/4, 83 yards
  17. QB Dick Jamieson (95.3, 1-0 W-L):  35/70, 586 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT
  18. QB Mark Brunell (94.8):  8/16, 144 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  19. QB Mark Malone (93.7):  2/2, 13 yards
  20. QB Troy Taylor (90.6):  12/20, 125 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  21. QB Babe Parilli (89.3):  43/79, 538 yards, 7 TD, 3 INT 
  22. Pennington
  23. McCown
  24. QB Tim Tebow (84.9):  6/8, 39 yards
  25. QB Harold Stephens (82.2):  15/22, 123 yards
  26. O'Brien
  27. Favre
  28. Fitzpatrick
  29. Testaverde
  30. QB Greg McElroy (79.2, 0-1 W-L):  19/31, 214 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  31. QB Kliff Kingsbury (79.2):  1/2, 17 yards
  32. P Greg Gantt (79.2):  1/1, 1 yard
  33. Esiason
  34. Darnold
  35. O'Donnell
  36. Lucas
  37. Bollinger
  38. Pat Ryan
  39. Geno Smith
  40. Sanchez
  41. K Jim Turner (69.8):  2/4, 25 yards
  42. Reich
  43. Todd
  44. Vick
  45. WR Al Toon (67.4):  1/3, 27 yards
  46. Namath
  47. Foley
  48. QB Lee Grosscup (62.8, 1-3 W-L):  57/126, 855 yards, 8 TD, 8 INT
  49. Matt Simms
  50. Mirer
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1 minute ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Ooh, that's fun.  Let's look at the highest Jets All-Time Passer Rating list to find some more gems!

  1. RB Curtis Martin (158.3):  2/2, 36 yards, 2 TD
  2. RB Blair Thomas (158.3):  1/1, 16 yards, 1 TD
  3. P Tom Tupa (142.4):  7/12, 174 yards, 2 TD
  4. RB Freeman McNeil (127.1):  1/1, 5 yards, 1 TD
  5. WR/KR Brad Smith (119.6):  4/7, 51 yards, 1 TD
  6. P Ryan Quigley (118.7):  1/1, 38 yards
  7. RB Leon Washington (118.7):  1/1, 36 yards
  8. P Lac Edwards (118.7):  1/1, 31 yards
  9. RB Bilal Powell (118.7):  1/1, 30 yards
  10. RB Bob Gresham (118.7):  1/1, 29 yards
  11. P Brian Hansen (118.7):  1/1, 26 yards
  12. P Dave Jennings (118.7):  1/1, 16 yards
  13. QB Jay Fiedler (113.3):  8/13. 107 yards, 1 TD
  14. KR Josh Cribbs (109.7):  2/3, 38 yards
  15. QB Quincy Carter (98.2, 2-1 W-L):  35/58, 498 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
  16. WR Jeremy Kerley (95.8):  2/4, 83 yards
  17. QB Dick Jamieson (95.3, 1-0 W-L):  35/70, 586 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT
  18. QB Mark Brunell (94.8):  8/16, 144 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  19. QB Mark Malone (93.7):  2/2, 13 yards
  20. QB Troy Taylor (90.6):  12/20, 125 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  21. QB Babe Parilli (89.3):  43/79, 538 yards, 7 TD, 3 INT 

Love this!

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10 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

17.  QB Dick Jamieson (95.3, 1-0 W-L):  35/70, 586 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT

Never heard of this guy.  He played college football for the Bradley Braves in 1956, then turned to baseball, playing minor league ball with the Beaumont Pirates, Grand Fork Chiefs, and San Angelo Pirates from 1957-58.

He then went back to football and was signed by the Baltimore Colts in 1959  and then the Titans (Jets) from 1960-61, where he made his only pro appearances and won his only start in 1960.

He later entered the coaching ranks, lasting as an assistant from 1972-1997 at the collegiate and NFL levels.  Most recently, he was the Arizona Cardinals OC in 1997.  He then retired, and passed away in 2001 at the age of 63.

Pretty fascinating. 

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1 minute ago, Scott Dierking said:

It is too bad because he never really got a chance with the Jets, but Jeff Blake would be mine.

I remember he played the last game or two the Nagle year, but then went to Bengals, right? Didn't he go to Pro Bowl for them? That is a great recall.👋

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