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

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4 minutes ago, sourceworx said:

Vinny T in '98.

i initially thought pat ryan.  people forget vinny was signed to back up foley.  vinny has to be the best jets back up followed by ryan, ray lucas, robinson, fitz, 

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Hated him as a starter, but as a backup...  Fitz was pretty damn good 

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5 hours ago, Mike135 said:

Hated him as a starter, but as a backup...  Fitz was pretty damn good 

He was a starter his first year here because of Geno's jaw.

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21 minutes ago, Jet9 said:

He was a starter his first year here because of Geno's jaw.

But he was brought in and paid as a backup that first year.

When paid as a starter, he's a joke.

I can't explain why it is.  It just is.

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Kellen Clemens belongs on the list.  A 4-5 record is pretty good for a backup.  Granted, he was better as a backup later in his career with STL (76.2 QB Rating) and the Chargers (78.2).

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I think Trevor Siemian will prove to be solid signing as a competent backup QB

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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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Best non Jets Backup QB of all time = Tom Brady?

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12 hours ago, WayneChrebet80 said:

Quincy Carter did a really nice job in 2004

We went 2-1 with him but in the 2 wins he led our O to 23 points total and our D allowed 10 points total.

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Brad Smith

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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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2 minutes ago, section314 said:

Love this!

Edited to include the Top 50, because I kept finding more.  And its the offseason, so why not.  lol. 

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Just now, Jetsfan80 said:

Edited to include the Top 50, because why not.  lol. 

It is that time of the year.😎

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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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